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Helping Kids Thrive With Occupational Therapy Using Ayres Sensory Integration

Youtube Link


Thursday, March 24th at 7pm ET

Speaker Names:

Susanne Smith Roley, OTD, OTR/L
FAOTA Roseann Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Regina Freeman, MS, OTR
Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Event Abstract:
Join us for this webinar to view the evolution of Ayres Sensory Integration and its practical applications in supporting autistic individuals.

ASI (Ayres Sensory Integration) began with Dr. Jean Ayres research into the sensory systems starting in the 1970’s. Since then, a core group of Occupational Therapists have continued to research and advocate for the effectiveness of ASI, especially in people with autism. In recent years, ASI has become an evidenced-based treatment and is now covered by many insurances.

In this webinar, you will hear from three of the researchers at the forefront of this research, learn about the history of ASI, see ASI in action and understand how/ if ASI might be helpful to an autistic person in your life.

Basal Ganglia in Action

Distinguished Speaker Name:
Henry Yin, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University

Event Abstract:
The basal ganglia have been implicated in diverse motor and cognitive functions, but there is still no model that can explain the full range of their contributions to behavior. I will describe recent results that challenge traditional assumptions in the field and describe a new model of the basal ganglia based on the principles of hierarchical control. According to this model, the cerebral cortex and basal ganglia implement transition control, in particular the rate of change in various perceptual configurations.

The basal ganglia outputs, in turn, adjust the reference signals of position controllers in the midbrain and brainstem. This model can explain a rich variety of experimental findings and clinical symptoms.

Collaborative for Leadership in Ayres Sensory Integration


CLASI is a nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Susanne Smith Roley and Dr. Zoe Mailloux in order to provide innovative education and research opportunities for professionals, specifically related to advancing knowledge within sensory integration theory and practice. CLASI provides education, scholarship, and mentorship in Ayres Sensory Integration® theory and practice through both online and in-person courses. For specific course offerings please visit the link below.

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