We would like to invite your child to take part in this study about how typically developing children perform on the pilot version of this assessment tool; the Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration (EASI).This research study is part of a study by Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists across the globe to develop an assessment tool to help make everyday life, development and learning easier for children and young people with sensory integration difficulties.The EASI Assessment consists of 20 tests that measure key sensory integration functions which underpin development, learning, behaviour and participation in activities of everyday life.
As part of this International Normative Data Collection Project, we are recruiting typically developing children, ages 3 years to 12 years 11 months, who are representative of the English and Welsh population. As your child falls within the age range that we are most interested in and has met the inclusion criteria we would like them to participate in our study. The normative data collection project will help us to know how typically developing children register, process and integrate sensory information for use. In addition, we will ask you to complete 2 questionnaires to help us understand your child.
The EASI will be an “open access” test meaning that there will be no cost to appropriately trained professionals. The EASI is a comprehensive assessment battery of sensory motor functions which are essential for the development of skills.
The study is strictly confidential. All the data we collect will be made anonymous by assigning a code to the scores and information recorded about each child. The local data entry team will gather the raw anonymised data and enter the data onto a secure online platform called RedCap. This data-gathering tool will be used to gather the data as part of the EASI International Data Collection Project (EASI-INDC). All named information on the consent forms will be kept confidential in a separate location.
Our England and Wales Occupational Therapist lead contacts are Ros Urwin and Sue Delport. The regional co-ordinator for the British Isles is Occupational Therapist, Kathryn Smith and Alice Hortop represents the University of the West of England.
You can read more and sign up here: www.easibritishisles.com
The Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration (EASI) – British Isles: International Normative Data Collection Project (England and Wales Only Data Collection)