University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Ayres Sensory Integration® Training Course

Course Description

For over 35 years, the University of Southern California Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has offered an intensive training program in sensory integration, originated by Dr. A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D, OTR, FAOTA. This world-renowned hands-on theory, assessment and intervention program, informally known by its USC course number, “OT 610,” and held at Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, California, provides small groups of occupational, physical and speech therapists graduate level or CE units as well as mentorship and supervision in the application of Ayres Sensory Integration®. In addition, this program includes the certification needed to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). The OT610 and SI610 program is the only one of its kind in the world and, since its inception in 1977, therapists from more than 30 countries have participated in this unique experience.


  • Weekly seminars presented by some of the top researchers and clinicians in sensory integration.
  • Mentorship by master clinicians during direct treatment of children with sensory-integrative disorders and other neurological and developmental disabilities.
  • Training in the administration and interpretation of the SIPT.
  • Completion of all requirements leading to Certification in Sensory Integration through USC/WPS.

Learning Objectives

Through seminar lectures and discussions, supervised clinical experiences, and completion of course assignments, the student will be able to:

  1. Competently apply sensory integrative procedures in clinical practice.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of sensory integrative theory.
  3. Explain the rationale for sensory integrative intervention decisions, drawing from theory and research.
  4. Implement single systems methods for documentation of treatment effectiveness.
  5. Communicate effectively with parents and professionals through clinical reports and through direct interaction.
  6. Use and create therapeutic equipment that supports intervention goals.
  7. Provide effective consultation to teachers and other professionals in a school based setting.
  8. Critically evaluate research related to sensory integration theory and practice.


The instructor will provide a detailed schedule on the first day of the course.  Please read the participant responsibilities on the first day.  You will also be given a list of required readings.


Earn 6 CEUs (60 contact hours).

Courses offered every January, April and September

  • Spring semester: January 6 – April 4, 2014
  • Summer semester: April 7 – July 3, 2014*
  • Fall semester: September 8 - December 18, 2014*

*Dates subject to change

Location / Maps

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Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
1540 Alcazar St., CHP 133
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9003
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Pediatric Therapy Network
1815 W. 213th St., #100
Torrance, CA 90501
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About the Instructor

Erna Blanche, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Erna Blanche

Erna Imperatore Blanche, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA received her degree in occupational therapy at the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile), a Masters in Special Education at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Occupational Science at the University of Southern California. She is an expert in both interventions based on occupational science and pediatric occupational therapy for children with developmental disabilities, including autism. She has co-authored two books and one video series on pediatric practice: Combining Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Sensory Integration Principles, Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations (book), and Observations Based on Sensory Integration (book) and has published numerous articles in English and Spanish on the topics of play/wellness and issues in clinical practice. Dr. Blanche trained with Dr. A. Jean Ayres in 1984, and since then she has lectured internationally in more than 20 countries and still has ties with clinical practice at Therapy West, Inc. and with the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Chile, Santiago.

Dr. Blanche’s research interests include clinical evaluation and intervention, and the relationship between sensory processing and lifestyle choices.

Susanne Smith Roley, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Susanne Smith Roley

Susanne Smith Roley, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA is an expert in occupational therapy who has contributed to the development of the profession through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as a contributing author of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (2002, 2008), a past chair of the Commission on Practice and the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section, and an internationally recognized author and lecturer on the theory and application of sensory integration.

Susanne holds a position at the University of Southern California, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy as the Project Director for the Sensory Integration Certification Program sponsored by USC/WPS. She is in private practice in Orange County in Southern California. She also is co-editor of the books, Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations and Sensory Integration: Applying Clinical Reasoning to Diverse Populations.

Susanne’s presentations draw on over 30 years of experience in pediatrics, including a wide variety of populations such as autism, cerebral palsy, high risk infants, and vision impairment. She conveys a humanistic and holistic, yet evidence-based view of the client in the context of his life.

Susanne’s areas of specialization are sensory integrative clinical reasoning, vision impairment, autism, fidelity to Ayres Sensory Integration®, development of professional development programs, and research.

Course Fee

$3500.  In addition to the course fee, participants should anticipate additional book and material fees in the range of approximately $500.

Cancellation Policy

A refund, less $100 administrative fee, will be made if a cancellation notice is received 30 business days prior to the course date. Cancellation by instructor will result in full refund.

Application Process

Admission to a particular session of SI 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.

To receive an application detailing the documents to be submitted, please contact Erna Blanche, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA.

For more information, contact Jackie Mardirossian at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (323) 442-2811.

U.S. News Ranks USC #1 Program in the Nation

USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
1540 Alcazar Street, CHP 133
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9003
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Phone: (323) 442-2850 · Toll free: (866) 385-4250
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The USC entry-level master's degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE). ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.®, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-6611 x2914,

Professional program graduates are eligible to apply for certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.®



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