CE Article: Identifying and Measuring Outcomes in Ayres Sensory Integration®
CE Article: Identifying and Measuring Outcomes in Ayres Sensory Integration®
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SKU: CEA0218


Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2017

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Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

SPIRAL Foundation


Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Thomas Jefferson University


Heidi L. Clippard, MOT, OTR/L

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center


Annie Baltazar Mori, OTD, OTR/L



Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour) 



An important component of the occupational therapy process is identifying and measuring successful participation and positive change in occupational performance areas that are valuable and meaningful to the individual, family, and stakeholders. When the findings of a comprehensive occupational therapy assessment indicate use of a sensory integration framework, it is imperative that the clinician be systematic in their approach and include relevant outcomes, according to available evidence, as part of routine practice. In Ayres Sensory Integration® (ASI), measuring proximal and distal outcomes provides a strategy for linking change in the sensory motor factors addressed by the intervention to performance- and participation-based outcomes. This article discusses using a data-driven decision making process (Schaaf, 2015; Schaaf & Mailloux, 2015) for identifying and measuring proximal and distal outcomes in ASI. Tools for reliably measuring and documenting proximal and distal outcomes throughout the therapeutic process of ASI intervention will also be introduced.


­­­Learning Objectives:

1. Describe the value of outcome measurement as part of routine practice

2. Define and select proximal and distal outcomes as part of the ASI intervention process

3. Identify how data-driven decision making may be used to guide outcome measurement in ASI

4. Select measurement procedures and tools to document an individual’s change in proximal and distal outcomes throughout the intervention process when using ASI


Learning Level: Intermediate


Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants


Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of occupational therapy; Category 2: Occupational therapy process


Reference Information:

May-Benson; Teresa A., ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Schaaf; Roseann C., PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Clippard, Heidi L., MOT, OTR/L; Baltazar Mori, Annie, OTD, OTR/L

(CEA February 2018) Identifying and Measuring Outcomes in Ayres Sensory Integration