In the Clinic with Dr. A Jean Ayres| The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

dr. 18 Aires published her groundbreaking and controversial book sensory integration and learning disabilities in 1972 today almost four decades later she is still revered by both academic and clinical occupational therapists after her postdoctoral training at the UCLA brain Research Institute dr. Ayers became well known for her synthesis of the sensory origins of neurological and psychological behaviors dr. Ayers was a rigorous researcher she was a skillful test developer and she was brilliant theoretician but what was less well known at that time and is virtually unknown now is that dr. Ayers spent the majority of her time treating children one-on-one children just like your own child if you’re a parent or the ones that you treat every day if you’re an occupational therapist dr. Ayers began treating children in a trailer but eventually opened her own clinic in Torrance California in 1973 I spent three months in an intensive mentorship with dr. Ayers so I got to see firsthand the dedication that she brought to treating each child the intuition and the reasoning that she used and the way that she felt and thought about helping children and their families I started the kid foundation now known as the sensory processing disorder foundation in 1980 one of our first projects was documenting dr. Ayers evolving treatment model a model now known around the world as occupational therapy with a sensory integration approach so I traveled to Los Angeles hired an independent film crew and spent five days filming dr. Ayers treating children and explaining in her own words her practical and theoretical approach to understanding and treating the disorder she had identified finally thirty years later the sensory processing disorder Foundation has edited the enormous volume of raw footage obtained in 1980 into a usable format and is making the completed work available to parents therapists and others who care about children with sensory challenges some may view the following movie as a tribute to a pioneering occupational therapist dr. air certainly deserves many tributes but I view this video in a different light this is primary source material this is where it all started and how it all started and the woman who started it all I want you to know her as I did as a gifted compassionate and thoughtful caretaker of children children who no one else at that time really understood dr. air spoke and wrote repeatedly about the evolution of her own theory and treatment model for sensory integration and sensory processing and about the necessity for and inevitability of the continued evolution of both her theory and treatment model but in this video we see the bedrock the foundation for all that came later whether you are a parent with a child who has sensory integration dysfunction now called sensory processing disorder or a therapist who treats children with sensory processing disorder all that is known about your child these children and all that is done nowadays to help these kids begin right here and now Peris therapists educators and the rest of us can hear it straight from the person who began at all doctor a gene Ayers you

10 thoughts on “In the Clinic with Dr. A Jean Ayres| The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

  1. @jrowens2004 You Sir/Madam are not educated. These are not "exercises." Indeed, you can view them as frivolous exercises on the surface. However, what is being addressed (beneath the surface)from an occupational and more significantly from a Developmental perspective is affect guided, reciprocal co-regulated social interactions in the context of the individual child's processing challenges. These can be vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, visual-spatial, olfactory etc. Quite typically mixed

  2. responsivities. By providing the necessary input IN THE CONTEXT of affect (social emotional) reciprocity increases specific areas of regulation/tolerance with respect to what was/is formerly under-whelming or over-whelming in terms of how the child is regulating different modalities of input (thus strengthening affect sensory-motor connections). This is done (co-narrated) in the context of pleasurable (but challenging) two-way interactions which further strengthens/integrates Development.

  3. I do not understand y people like u come n watch videos like this if u r not willing to watch n learn. SPD is a very serious issue. It may not seem like it to someone who does not have it or does not have a child who has it, but it is. It makes life intolerable for child n parent. These therapies r lifeesavers. Most of us watch this 2 learn how 2 help our children. Go watch funny videos if your not willing 2 educate yourself on this issue n u think it is money making scam. Thank you

  4. Sorry jkev, I just revisited this video, did not see your reply in my email a year ago. You can google and find me, neil samuels.

  5. How do I get hold of the video you mentioned with compiled footage of Dr A Jean Ayres? I am very interested in seeing it! Thanks.

  6. The reason more kids are going to sensory gyms is that todays playgrounds are boring and give little imput! Back in the 1970s playgrounds were fun and the swings were higher and you could swing higher! Now daycares and schools are removing swings! Even the sensory gyms are better than todays playgrounds! Back then Sensory Processing disorder was unheard of and kids got there imput from the fun playgrounds and fun swings and tall slides and fast merry go rounds! Let your kids swing they need it!

  7. Do you what Dr. Ayres thought about putting mittens on newborn babies (to avoid scratches)? Nowadays there are safe ways to cut / trim a baby's nails, while covering their hands with mittens probably hinders their sensory exploration of their body and environment. Would love to have your opinion on this Thanks !

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