Ayres Sensory Integration®: OT 610
OT 610 is a graduate-level three-and-a-half months training course in Ayres Sensory Integration® (ASI) theory and intervention originated by Dr. A. Jean Ayres PhD, OTR in 1977. The course offers intensive learning experiences to small groups of participants both in an academic seminar format and through closely supervised, hands-on clinical practice. OT 610 takes place primarily at Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, Calif., a not-for-profit interdisciplinary clinical center founded and directed by the colleagues of Dr. A. Jean Ayres. The weekly seminars are lead by faculty members of the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, many of whom are internationally recognized for their work in the field.
OT 610 is open to occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists. Each session includes approximately 7-10 participants. During the three-and-a-half months session, five to ten hours each week are dedicated to seminar lectures and discussions while up to 14 hours of each week are devoted to supervised, hands-on clinical intervention to children and families. In the seminars, students discuss Ayres Sensory Integration® theory and research in detail, problem-solve individual treatment cases and learn the intervention concepts originated by Dr. Ayres. During the hands-on intervention sessions, participants intervene using ASI techniques, systematically document progress, generate progress reports as needed, consult with parents and teachers and collaborate with other professionals in the community. Participants receive direct supervision in all aspects of clinical practice from a team of master clinicians trained in ASI.
In addition to studying the theory and intervention techniques of ASI, OT 610 offers participants the opportunity to learn the administration and interpretation techniques of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). Upon successful completion, OT 610 provides participants with the coursework needed to receive Certification in Sensory Integration offered through the University of Southern California Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Western Psychological Services.
This course may also be taken as Continuing Education.
OT 610 is offered three times per year, in three and a half month sessions, using the same general format established by Dr. Ayres. The sessions are scheduled during the spring (January through April), summer (May through July), and fall (late August through December) of each calendar year. Participants enrolled in OT 610 can anticipate the following weekly schedule:
- Tuesdays: 8:00am – 6:00pm
- Thursdays: 8:00am – 6:00pm
- Saturdays: 8:30am – 2:00pm
The current tuition at USC may be found by going to the schedule of classes, selecting the desired enrollment term, and then clicking on the “Information” link at the lower left corner of the screen. The total cost of OT 610, a four-unit course, is 4 times the “per unit rate”. Additional fees may apply, including visa application fees (for international students only), USC application fee, ID photo fee, student health service and health insurance fees. In addition to tuition costs, participants should anticipate additional book and material fees in the range of approximately $500.
For students who are enrolled full-time at USC as part of a degree program, please note that tuition for OT 610 taken during a summer session is not included in fall or spring semester tuition. Students who wish to take OT 610 during the summer session must pay a separate fee of 4 units of tuition during the summer session.
Admission to a particular session of OT 610 may be competitive, since only a small number of participants are admitted at a time. Preference is given to individuals currently or previously enrolled in the USC Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy graduate program and to those whose application materials are complete.
International students who wish to take OT 610 after completing the master’s degree program can do so by applying for a four-unit course in summer. They are not eligible to take OT 610 as continuing education because of their F1 visa status.
International students who have completed only their bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and are not pursuing a master’s degree in the US, may apply for OT 610 as continuing education.