Dr Anna Jean Ayres (1920-1988), occupational therapist and developmental psychologist, was born on this day, 18th January, in California. She is particularly well known for her pioneering work on sensory integration dysfunction, noticing symptoms both in herself and her patients that could be traced to inefficient organisation of sensory information within the brain, and that could cause physical distress and learning difficulties.

In modern occupational therapy, the field of sensory integration has developed from Ayres’ work, and a new, bestselling book from AOTA Press (the publishing arm of the American Occupational Therapy Association) helps therapists apply this essential research in their clinical practice.


Clinician’s Guide for Implementing Ayres Sensory Integration®: Promoting Participation for Children With Autism is a step-by-step guidebook that describes the most effective, evidence-based way to implement Ayres Sensory Integration® (ASI) into clinical practice by using a data-driven decision-making approach.

Practical information guides practitioners in methodologically understanding the child and creating effective interventions with measurable outcomes. The book includes forms and case examples that allow readers to efficiently apply ASI in paediatric practice. Highlights include an overview of autism and sensory integration, identifying a child’s strengths and challenges, conducting a comprehensive assessment, and measuring outcomes and monitoring progress. A flash drive with forms is included with the text.