Our Rationale for the ASI Certificate Program
ASI is a well-established and growing area of therapeutic practice with applications in various settings including the home, school, and community. Originally shown to be effective with children with learning and behavior difficulties, this intervention has more recently emerged as an evidence-based practice for use with children with autism. Applications have been broadly applied with individuals with a variety of disabilities and age-groups. Although more research is needed in all areas, both research findings and clinical reports now show that this framework is effective and meaningful for many individuals and their families.
Originated in 2016, the ASI Certificate Program was developed to continue the legacy of excellence in education, research and practice in the body of knowledge originated by Dr. A. Jean Ayres and continued by researchers, practitioners, and educators. This education program is produced according to the guidelines of the International Council for Education in Ayres Sensory Integration(R) and aligned with the Ayres 2020 Vision promoting excellence in scholarship, assessment, and education in ASI.
CLASI offers educational programs in more than a dozen countries around the world. With many decades of experience in continuing education in ASI, the leaders at CLASI have developed the CASI with an emphasis on optimal learning methods for the various types of content. The result is a hybrid program which provides self-paced, online learning of content that may require detailed study and review with onsite learning for hands-on concepts that are enhanced through mentored experiences and feedback. Through this program we hope to establish a cost-effective, accessible educational program through which therapists gain a solid, practical, evidence-based, and effective foundation for using sensory integration theory and practice within their profession toward best practice.
The administration of the courses is the responsibility of Susanne Smith Roley and Zoe Mailloux, board members of CLASI. They represent first-generation students of Dr. A. Jean Ayres, committed to following her tradition of excellence and research in practice. Course materials are derived from Ayres’ original publications and subsequent research in basic and applied science related to sensation and the impact on human function.
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We at CLASI know that the time put into gaining knowledge and expertise requires great commitment. We are here to answer questions you may have about our program, qualifications and aims for competencies.
Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Zoe is a founding partner, alongside Susanne Smith Roley, of the Collaborative for Leadership in Ayres Sensory Integration (CLASI). She has participated in test development and clinical research related to sensory integrative dysfunction and autism and she was a research assistant to Dr. A. Jean Ayres from 1978 to 1984 during which time she was involved in many clinical and research projects with Dr. Ayres. Zoe has more than 30 years of experience in non-profit management and she is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Jefferson School of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University. She is also in private practice and consults on a variety of projects including program and professional development. Zoe has published numerous journal articles and textbook chapters and has received a number of professional awards, including being named a fellow of AOTA in 1993. She also received an award of excellence from the Autism Research Foundation, the Wilma West Lectureship at the University of Southern California and the A. Jean Ayres Award and the Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Zoe is interested in innovative practice that will enhance life satisfaction in new and effective ways for children and their families.
Susanne Smith Roley OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Susanne Smith Roley is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience in pediatrics. She obtained her BS in OT at Indiana University, her MS in Allied Health Sciences at Boston University and her OTD at University of Southern California. She is in private practice in Orange County in Southern California and co-founder of the Collaborative for Leadership in Ayres Sensory Integration (CLASI). Susanne was on the original faculty of the Center for the Study of Sensory Integrative Dysfunction (CSSID0 started by Dr. Ayres, subsequently known as Sensory Integration International (SII). She was a course originator of the Sensory Integration Certification Program sponsored by USC/WPS and its Program Director for 14 years through the University of Southern California Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.She is a past chair of the Commission on Practice and the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section for AOTA; and a contributing author of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 2002 and 2nd Edition.
She is an internationally recognized author and lecturer on the theory and application of sensory integration. She is co-editor of numerous chapters, articles, and the books, Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations and Sensory Integration: Applying Clinical Reasoning to Diverse Populations. She is a fellow of the AOTA and recipient of the AOTF Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence and the AOTF A. Jean Ayres Award.
Our Teaching Team
CLASI instructors are lecturers with in-depth knowledge in the areas of ASI. They represent first and second generation students of Dr. Ayres and Dr. Ayres’ students. The instructors have national and international experience in presentations of information on ASI and expertise in one or more areas of research, education and practice. Our current teaching team includes:
Gina Coleman MA, OTR
Shay McAtee MA, OTR/L, FAOTA
Sue Trautman MA, OTR/L
Annie Balthazar-Mori OTD, OTR
Aja Roley MA, OTR/L