The Sensory Integration Special Interest Section (SISIS) offers leadership, resources, and information, ensuring that AOTA members are current in the research and development of sensory integration theory, assessment, and intervention as applied in occupational therapy practice. It was one of the five original Special Interest Sections created by AOTA in 1977 (the others were Developmental Disabilities, Gerontology, Mental Health, and Physical Disabilities).
This widely used occupational therapy frame of reference focuses on the neurobiological, sensory, and praxis foundations of occupation and play. It is applied to enrich the lives of individuals with a variety of disabilities across the lifespan.
Members of the SISIS have the opportunity to share resources and evidence that guide clinical reasoning in providing a carefully selected combination of services in various settings, including the home, school, hospital, and community, as well as more traditional clinic environments.
SISIS Standing Committee Members (Term of Office, 2011-2014)
Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L; Chairperson
Stacy Szklut, MS, OTR/L; Professional Development Coordinator (Forums)
Marge Luthman, MS, OT/L; Professional Development Coordinator (Education/Research)
Sarah Schoen, PhD, OTR; Quarterly Editor
Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly Newsletter
Sensory Integration SIS Discussion Forum (open to all AOTA members)
Sensory Approaches in Mental Health Care Forum (open to all AOTA members)
To join SISIS, contact AOTA Membership at 301-652-2682, ext. 2769 or toll-free at 1-800-SAY-AOTA (1-800-729-2682).