Sensory integration, now trademarked as Ayres Sensory Integration® or ASI, is based on principles of neuroscience and provides a framework for understanding the contributions of the sensory and motor foundations of human behavior. The theory and practice of ASI continues to evolve as greater understanding of the neurobiology of human behavior emerges. In this paper we examine core constructs of ASI identified in the seminal work of Dr. Jean Ayres, and present current neuroscience research that underlies the main patterns of sensory integration function and dysfunction. We consider how current research verifies and clarifies Ayres’ propositions by describing functions of the vestibular, proprioceptive, and tactile sensory systems, and exploring their relationships to ocular, postural, bilateral integration, praxis, and sensory modulation. We close by proposing neuroplasticity as the mechanisms underlying change as a result of ASI intervention.
Recommended CitationLane, Shelly J.; Mailloux, Zoe; Schoen, Sarah; Bundy, Anita; May-Benson, Teresa A.; Parham, L. Diane; Smith Roley, Susanne; and Schaaf, Roseann C., "Neural Foundations of Ayres Sensory Integration" (2019). Department of Occupational Therapy Faculty Papers. Paper 65.
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