International 

SI Congress 

ISIC

As per the ICE-ASI constitution, an international congress/scientific meeting is to be held every year on a different continent: the International Sensory Integration
Congress (ISIC). 

The purpose of this regular congress is 

  1. to promote the formal exchange of the latest research related to SI
  2.  to promote informal exchanges of expertise and knowledge
  3. to support best practice of ASI® education and practical application
  4. to create research networks studying sensory integration and ASI®.


Participation is not limited to ICE-ASI members (organizational or individual)! We welcome participants who are not members of ICE-ASI but interested in Ayres Sensory Integration.

ISIC 2024 

We are excited to announce this year's ISIC, hosted by "ASI Australia" on 

October 28-30, 2024  in Sydney, Australia.

The congress theme is "Elevating Evidence Based Practice in ASI".

ASI Australia is a newly formed non-profit organization to raise awareness, offer training and advocacy in Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI)® in Australia.

Call For Papers - Soft Launch

Dear Therapists, Scholars, Researchers, and Experts, 

It’s our great pleasure to invite you to the 5th ISIC, which is being organized by ASI Australia, and will be hosted in Sydney on October 28-30, 2024. 

 

About the Conference: 

ISIC is an annual scientific meeting sponsored by the International Council for Education in Ayres Sensory Integration (ICE-ASI) and hosted on a different continent every year. ISIC has a rich history of fostering cutting-edge research relevant to Sensory Integration, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, and facilitating the exchange of innovative ideas. As a respected platform in the field of Sensory Integration and occupational therapy, ISICs have consistently attracted leading academics, practitioners, and thought leaders from around the world. 

World renowned keynote speakers such as Dr Roseann Schaaf, Dr Shelly Lane, Dr Zoe Mailloux, and Dr Susanne Smith Roley are confirmed.

Abstract submission is not open yet but

Start preparing your abstract today!


Guide For Writing An Abstract 

Word Limit: 250 

Summarize the major points of your presentation/poster and describe how this topic will advance either the practice/professional development or the field of Sensory Integration theory and practice. Use the following structure for your abstract:

  • Introduction/Background
  • Aim/Learning Objectives (1-2): should complete the sentence: “At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to...”: 
  • Methods
  • Results/Findings
  • Conclusions

References 

References to the literature should be formatted using APA style. A minimum of 3 references are required and need to be published within the last 10 years. A maximum of 5 references can be submitted. All references to journal articles should include the DOI. 
References do not count towards the word count.


Double Blinded Review Process 

The Scientific Committee (SC) of the congress will conduct a blinded review by two independent reviewers to identify the best presentations for the congress. Read the scoring criteria below carefully so you can write an abstract that has the best chances to be selected! 
 

Scoring Criteria 

The scoring of your proposal depends upon following the submission criteria closely and completely. Blinded reviewers will use this information to score your submission. 

  1. Topic is timely 
  2. Topic demonstrates relevance to sensory integration theory and practice 
  3. Topic demonstrates consistency with available literature and evidence 
  4. Topic does not promote an individual person or their organization 
  5. Learning objectives are appropriate and clearly stated 
  6. Abstract articulates purpose and content of presentation 
  7. Level of material is appropriate for the identified target audience (e.g., professionals in occupational therapy) 
  8. References are current and relevant 
  9. Proposal is coherent 

The History of ISIC

The first ISIC took place in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2018. In 2019, ISIC was hosted in Hong Kong, China. Due to the pandemic, the ISIC scheduled for 2020 in California, including a celebration of Dr Ayres' 100th birthday, had to be postponed to 2022. The latest ISIC took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2023. In 2024, we are looking forward to an amazing ISIC in Sydney, Australia.

ISIC 2023

The Brazilian Sensory Integration Association (ABIS) hosted ISIC 2023 in partnership with the ICE-ASI. The theme of this congress could not be more relevant: INNOVATIONS IN AYRES' SENSORY INTEGRATION.

Find out more about the program of ISIC 2023 on the congress website here!




ISIC 2022 took place at the origins of SI, in Southern California, on July 14-16, 2022. The title of the congress was "Sensory Neural Foundations For Social Connection".


Big names in the fields of SI and autism such as Roseann Schaaf, Margret Bauman, Grace Baranek, Anita Bundy, and many more made for an intriguing program. The congress included the belated celebration of Dr Ayres' 100th birthday.

Each day of ISIC 2022 was dedicated to one of the 3 goals of the ASI 2020 Vision:

Thursday (Scholarship: Basic and Applied Science informing and updating ASI Theory) Current research related to sensory integration and praxis

Friday (Children Understood via Comprehensive and Accessible Assessments) Research including reliability and validity of the EASI, SPM, and related measures


Saturday (Translating Research into Practice: Worldwide training and pathways to competency using ASI) Innovations in education, practice, and advocacy

Like all great things, we started small. We took a few like-minds with a shared vision—and ran with it. Today, we’ve grown into something big.

ISIC 2019, Hong Kong

ISIC 2018, South Africa