University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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USC Chan Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program

Course Descriptions and Schedule

The USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program provides an opportunity for practicing occupational therapists to acquire advanced knowledge in the theory, assessment, and intervention principles of sensory integration as originated by Dr. A. Jean Ayres. To obtain this CE Certificate, participants must complete 100 contact hours (10 CEUs) within the following CE Courses. Courses must be completed in order, starting with Course 1 and ending with Special Topics.


Foundation Courses (72 hours)

CE Course 1 — Theoretical Foundations of Sensory Integration: From Theory to Identification (30 hours)

This course covers the basic neurobehavioral principles that undergird sensory integration theory. The specific contributions of individual sensory systems are examined in the context of everyday activities and occupations. Typical patterns of sensory integration dysfunction and their basic implications for intervention are discussed.

This course is open to all who are interested. Basic working knowledge of neuroanatomy is assumed.

Cost: US$900

CE Course 2 — Sensory Integration Evaluation and Clinical Reasoning: From Identification to Intervention (21 hours)

This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge needed to accurately assess sensory integration function and dysfunction in children. Participants will learn about a variety of assessment tools available to measure sensory integration dysfunction. Additionally, participants will use clinical observations and clinical reasoning to develop a comprehensive understanding of sensory differences across multiple clinical populations and the impact of these sensory differences on functional performance.

This course is open to occupational, physical, and speech therapists

Cost: US$600

  • Online, February 13 to March 24, 2017.
    Occupational therapists register here.
  • In person at USC, August 18-20, 2017.
    Occupational therapists register here.
  • Physical therapists and speech-language pathologists, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for details about registration.

CE Course 3 — Sensory Integration Treatment: From Intervention to Participation (21 hours)

This course prepares participants to provide intervention using a sensory integration frame of reference. Strategies for intervention planning and clinical reasoning informed by sensory integration principles are discussed in depth. An overview of approaches to sensory integration intervention for a range of populations in a variety of settings is explored.

This course is open to occupational, physical, and speech therapists.

Cost: US$600

  • In person at USC, October 6-8, 2017.
    Occupational therapists register here.
  • Online, June 26 to August 7, 2017.
    Occupational therapists register here.
  • Physical therapists and speech-language pathologists, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for details about registration.

Special Topics in Sensory Integration (28 hours)

Following completion of foundational CE Courses 1, 2 and 3, having acquired a solid base of knowledge to understand, practice, and promote Ayres Sensory Integration, participants have the opportunity to choose two courses from a variety of special topics that most appropriately apply to their own clinical practice. These advanced courses cover a range of special topics about the application of sensory integration principles in context.

Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum (14 hours)

This course discusses the unique considerations and issues to consider when working with individuals on the autism spectrum who have sensory integration difficulties.

Cost: US$450

Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory-Based Feeding and Eating Challenges (14 hours)

This course provides specialized instruction on identifying and treating clients who have feeding and eating challenges originating from problems with sensory integration.

Cost: US$450

This course is open to occupational and speech therapists only.

  • In person at USC, March 25-26, 2017.
    Occupational therapists register here.
  • Online course dates to be announced soon. For more information about upcoming courses, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  • Speech-language pathologists, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for details about registration.

Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration in School-Based Settings (14 hours)

This course further refines participants’ knowledge in a particular practice area by delving into special considerations, principles and intervention techniques as they apply to clinicians and clients in school settings.

Cost: US$450

This course is open to occupational therapists only.

Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration and Early Intervention (14 hours)

This course provides specialized instruction for those practitioners interested in/and or working with sensory integration as it applies to children ages 0-3 years.

Cost: US$450

This course is open to occupational, physical, and speech therapists.

  • In person at USC, June 16-17, 2017.
    Occupational therapists register here.
  • Online course dates to be announced soon. For more information about upcoming courses, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  • Physical therapists and speech-language pathologists, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for details about registration.