Integrating Research With Practice

Combine Education With Vacation!

Everyone with an interest in sensory integration, be it from a scientific or a practical perspective, join us for three days of exploring state-of-the-art Sensory Integration theory and practice, while exploring the beauties of Vienna!  


If you are an occupational -, physical -, music -, or speech therapist, a psychologist or a physician - particularly a neuropediatrician or child psychiatrist -, an early interventionist, a preschool or school teacher, an educator, a parent, or anyone who finds the topic of sensory integration fascinating: our scientific and social programs will offer plenty of opportunities for learning, empowerment, exchange, and networking. 

Welcome from the Congress Chair

Dear clinicians, researchers, scholars, students, and (self) advocates around the world with an interest in Sensory Integration, 


the Austrian organizing team of the upcoming congress is excited about the honor to host the fifth European congress on Sensory Integration! In using the term "Sensory Integration" I am including the neurophysiology of (multi)sensory integration, sensory processing and integration dysfunction, Ayres' Sensory Integration theory and intervention (ASI(R)), and other sensory-based interventions. 


The overarching theme for this congress, "Integrating Research With Practice", addresses the important issue of linking the increasingly advanced scientific field around Sensory Integration with the practitioners providing sensory interventions in clinics, schools, and other settings. We felt that a congress offers a wonderful opportunity to discuss, exchange ideas, and create visions about bridging this gap! Sharing findings from research projects as well as clinical practice is crucial in creating evidence and disseminating it among practitioners. Ultimately it will improve the qualitty of the services offered to our clients. Our Scientific Committee has prepared the abstract submission and review process. With support from a considerable number of SI experts around the world, we will determine the best presentations and organize them in an attractive and robust scientific program with threads on a variety of topics. Of course, we are relying on the number and quality of submissions. So please don't be shy, even if you have never submitted an abstract to a conference! Write a systematic outline of your work - a review, a project, a case - following our guidelines and submit the abstract on our "Abstract Submission" page! 


I am optimistic that Vienna with its rich culture and history will attract many participants from all over the world! Our Social Program Committee is putting together opportunities for recharging, having fun, working out, networking, and of course for sightseeing.


Me and my colleagues of the organizing team are working continuously to make ESIC2017 an outstanding and memorable event! We hope to meet you all personally between June 1 and 3, 2017 in Vienna!


Elisabeth Soechting, M.A., OTR

Congress Chair

The ASI2020 Vision

The year 2020 marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Dr. A. Jean Ayres. In commemoration of this milestone, the following vision was proposed at ESIC 2014: Ayres Sensory Integration will have a strong, international presence with demonstrated scholarship, means for valid, comprehensive assessment and pathways for training to ensure the ongoing development, standards of excellence and effective implementation of this important work.


Goal 1: Scholarship

100 papers that further the understanding and evidence for ASI, will be published in peer reviewed journals (start date January 2013) (must reference or be consistent with Ayres Sensory Integration). Here you find the papers currently listed as reasearch articles true to Ayres SI published since 2013.


Goal 2: Development of an International Test - The Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration (EASI)

The purpose of the development of the EASI is to make a valid and reliable tool for assessing key sensory integration functions that underlie learning, behavior, and participation readily available to professionals around the world in a free and accessible format. The EASI measures sensory perception, sensory responsiveness, postural/ocular/bilateral integration, and praxis in children 3-12 years of age. The long range plan is to expand the items and normative sample so that the EASI can be used to assess sensory integration across the lifespan.    


Goal 3: Excellence in ASI(R) Therapy Training

The third goal of the ASI 2020 vision is that Sensory Integration training that includes clearly defined pathways for demonstrating competency in ASI, will be developed and available in 100 countries. A focus of ESIC 2017 will be on pathways of excellence for SI training and ensuring equivalency across countries.

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The first European SI Congress was held in 2003 in Austria, and 14 years later it is returning! Much bigger, more developed and much more professional! But hopefully the same meaningful and inspiring event! 

SI Conference 2003 at Schloss Krumbach, Austria
SI Conference 2003 at Schloss Krumbach, Austria

The previous ESIC congresses included:

  • Algarve, Portugal in 2011
  • Naantali, Finland in 2014 
  • Birmingham, UK in 2015

Moving forward, the meeting will become the 'International Congress of Sensory Integration Research and Practice' as the 6th edition of the congress in 2018 will move out of Europe to South Africa.