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Terri Mauro

Sensory Integration International Site Shut Down

By February 21, 2008

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It's a sad fact of Internet research that useful sites with good information can up and disappear without warning. Sometimes it's just a matter of an organization changing its Web address; other times, service-provider issues put pages out of contact temporarily or permanently, or site writers simply move on.

And sometimes, as with the site for Sensory Integration International (SII), it's more complicated than that.

I've frequently recommended the SII site to parents new to a diagnosis of sensory integration, for its excellent FAQ and its directory of occupational therapists qualified to do sensory-integration therapy. Sensory-integration pioneer A. Jean Ayres, author of Sensory Integration and the Child, was a founder of SII, and that made it an authoritative resource for information on the subject.

But you won't find information on the SII site anymore. You won't find the site anymore, either. It's been taken down as part of a business dispute over the way the foundation managed its finances, mismanaged refunds due for cancelled workshops, and misused the name of Ayres, who died in 1988.

The magazine Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners has a lot of the gory details, including an article from last summer about the preliminary injunction that effectively shut SII down. At that time, the website was still up, but it has since disappeared, and a phone call to SII's Torrance, California offices got a disconnected message.

The case against SII goes to trial in July 2008, and perhaps the organization will rise from the ashes. In the meantime, though, it's time to look for new online resources for sensory integration and sensory processing. Here are some that I recommend. Have you found any good ones to share?

February 23, 2008 at 3:01 am
(1) val says:

I never got the newsletter but it has has lots of activities

February 23, 2008 at 2:02 pm
(2) CatherineWhiting says:

I have been a pediatric occupational therapist serving children with sensory processing issues for almost 25 years. I enjoy learning, gathering information and sharing that information on my website and through free parent presentations.

June 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm
(3) Jennifer Cummins says:

I have continued to write on this subject due to my conviction that it is not a disorder, but rather senses that are given to humans for adaptation to our environment, and only become “dysfunctional” when a child does not receive enough stimulation in an area of these identified senses. I believe that neurological re-arrangement is possible, from birth onwards, and I have a son to prove it. My passion is convincing the world of it, and of the benefits to every child of its use in maximizing every child’s potential.

January 17, 2009 at 11:07 am
(4) Dr. Teena McGuinness says:

Thanks for this info above.
I’m going to create a link to your recommended websites for SID on my sensory integration page on my website (dedicated to parents who are adopting children from orphanages around the world): http://www.adoption-research.org/sid.htm

April 3, 2009 at 5:03 pm
(5) Mafalda Casas-Cordero says:

I feel bery sorry to that hapent to the Sensory Integration International. I was looking to contact sombody there, and the phone number is not working any more.
So if any one know how the Sensory Integration will help my daughter , ADD,ADHD, DYSLEXIC, I WILL THANK THE INFORAMTION

June 13, 2009 at 6:56 am
(6) heather says:

There is a new site that might be helpful to you now. Please see http://www.siglobalnetwork.org/

July 24, 2009 at 8:39 pm
(7) Mafalda says:

thnak you very much for the new web Sensiry Integration info.
thnak you again

July 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm
(8) Donna Klein says:

I’m sorry for the trouble that Sensory Integration International is going through.
But another resource would be Donna Klein and Associates, Inc.
we Provide Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapy services.
I would love if everyone would visit the website;


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