To provide training and education in Ayres Sensory Integration® of an internationally accepted standard in order to provide a service of excellence to the ultimate benefit of the client.

• To equip Occupational Therapists with basic as well as advanced up to date Sensory Integration interpretation principles and treatment techniques.
• To promote awareness within the multi-disciplinary framework in order to play a leading role in the application of Sensory Integration theory and practice in South Africa and in the rest of the world.
• To make Sensory Integration accessible to the network of individuals (including caregivers, parents and teachers) involved in the context of the client.

Events & Courses


In June 2015 the Annual General meeting was held in Gauteng.  This event was combined with a two day workshop presented by the international speaker, Teresa May-Benson on Ideational Praxis.


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& Workshops

SAISI presents workshops on the latest trends and research in the field of Ayres Sensory Integration(R).  The four different courses presented as part of the qualification process is done on rotational basis around the country to provide an opportunity to all therapists interested to attend.

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Our Resources



The HPCSA, in conjunction with its 12 Professional Boards, is committed to promoting the health of the population, determining standards of professional education and training, and setting and maintaining excellent standards of ethical and professional practice.



OTASA is a non-profit professional organization representing the interests of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants across South Africa.




SI Network

The aim of the Sensory Integration Network is to promote education, good practice and research into the theory and practice of Ayres' Sensory Integration. We support those with sensory processing difficulties (also called sensory integration dysfunction).


Community - Kwela Camp

This is an annual camp held in the December holidays for children aged 6-10 years.  It is run by occupational therapists.  The general approach of this camp is to provide a safe, tailor-made holiday experience for the child who would normally not be catered for within regular holiday camps.

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SAISI Research
If you are interested in Sensory Integration research, please contact the research portfolio holder email
SAISI has funding available for the promotion of research into sensory integration, and welcomes applications for this. To be considered for a grant the researcher has to be a SAISI member.  Both pre- and post-graduate students' study leaders also has to be an acknowledged Sensory Integration practitioner/expert.  Please fill in the application form (available on request via email)
The application will be evaluated by the research portfolio holder as well as SAISI Exco, to determine whether it meets the research criteria set by the board.
If the funding is allocated, a statement of expenses is needed to account for the funds, as well as regular reports on the research progress.

Other research supported by SAISI
"SI screening test for children from low socio economic areas".  The aim is to develop a tool for occupational therapists in the community to identify children at risk for SI dysfunction in order to refer for further assessment and treatment or provide a stimulation program to further development.  Janine van der Linde

Test for Ideational Praxis (TIP) on the South African population.

Annemarie van Jaarsveld in collaboration with Teresa May-Benson (University of the Free State)

“Patterns of SI dysfunctions of children in South Africa”

Van Jaarsveld, Mailloux and Herzberg


To find a Therapist follow this link

Dear SI qualified OT,
We are currently updating the SAISI website and would love to publish the list of OT's that have successfully completed SAISI training in Ayres Sensory Integration.  According to the POPI Act, SAISI cannot display your information without your consent.  Should you wish to appear on this list, complete the consent form and return completed form to the SAISI office.  (Ps.  Please note that consent should be given annually)