2021 – Grounding Sensory Integration in Clinical Reasoning and Neuroscience



Core concepts of Ayres Sensory Integration theory and practice are shared with an emphasis on clinical reasoning and neuroscience, with case-specific application.  This format offers insight for clinical practice and inspiration to fuel professional engagement. We will examine the concepts of Sensory Modulation, Posture and Praxis, and offer contemporary perspectives on practice that is often misunderstood in an era of cognitively oriented interventions.


  • Deepen their understanding of the Ayres Sensory Integration
  • Be able to describe the neurological underpinnings of sensory modulation, praxis and posture
  • Ground clinical practice in clinical reasoning with a focus on adaptive child outcomes
  • Apply knowledge to individual cases for ready use in daily practice


Choose to Learn - Shelly J. Lane

Shelly J. Lane, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor Shelly Lane is Academic Program Director in Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University. She is a well-established editor and author on topics related to sensory integration, neuroscience and pediatric occupational therapy, speaking nationally and internationally. Her current research addresses self-regulation, play and playfulness, and sensory differences in children with disabilities.

Choose to Learn - Tracy Murnan Stackhouse

Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR
Tracy Murnan Stackhouse is co-founder of the Developmental FX in Denver, Colorado. She is a leading pediatric occupational therapist involved in clinical treatment, research, mentoring, and training regarding OT intervention and neurodevelopmental disorders, especially Fragile X Syndrome and autism. Tracy has a master’s degree in developmental psychology/developmental cognitive neuroscience. She is NDT trained, and SIPT Certified. Tracy has written several book chapters on sensory integration and neurodevelopmental disorders, and teaches nationally and internationally on sensory integration, fragile X, autism and related topics.


Day 1

8:30-9:00Registration – sign on logistics, etc
9:00-10:00What are clinical reasoning and data-driven decision making?
10:00-10:45Ayres approach – Laying the Foundation
11:00-11:45STEP-SI Framework to guide clinical reasoning
11:45-12:45Neural networks of sensory processing
12:45-1:00Q and A end and prep for TQE in morning

Day 2

8:45-9:00Sign on
9:00-9:15T, Q, E’s to resume – from yesterday Q and A to resume
9:15-10:30 The neuroscience of sensory modulation
10:30 -10:45Break
10:45-12:15Application: Case analysis; clinical reasoning using STEPSI
12:15-1:00Thoughts, Questions, and Epiphany’s Discussion

Day 3

9:00-10:00Neural networks (structure and function) related to posture ans praxis
10:00-11:15Model of posture and praxis for clinical reasoni
11:30-12:40Case application
12:40-1:00 Questions and Close


Caroline Hui, ergothérapeute
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