SIRRI AZ Brain Training

by Laura Walker
(Phoneix, AZ)

I have a nine year old son who has been diagnosed with asperger's syndrome. His father has been introduced to SIRRI and would like to have him go through this program. I am a little skeptical and am trying to find some more information on this alternative approach. Please let me know your thoughts and opinions.


Thanks, Laura

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Jul 22, 2012
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Sensory Integration vs. Sensory Stimulation
by: Anonymous

I am a sensory integration therapist who practices with Ayres sensory integration. Under Ayres sensory integration, the original sensory integration treatment, the child must actively participate in sensory experiences designed by a highly trained therapist in order to make real, lasting changes in how the brain processes sensory information. The SIRRI approach uses sensory stimulation and does not require an active participation by the child. There is NO research to show that simply stimulating sensory systems make any lasting changes in the brain. While with true sensory integration treatment, the child is an active participant in the sensory experience. There are mounds of research proofing the effectiveness of Ayres sensory integration. Just imagine after you go to a very stimulating event such as watching an IMAX movie that stimulates your visual, auditory, and vestibular system. You are a passive participant in the movie. You feel different for a while, but the effects are short termed, maybe just a few minutes or hours. Sensory stimulation, such as at SIRRI, has no proven lasting effects. You are better off finding an occupational therapist who is certified in sensory integration. Then you will see real differences in your child.

Apr 13, 2012
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Please tell me more
by: Anonymous

Please tell me more about what SIRRI AZ Brain Training is, and where I can find out more information about it. Has it helped? I am considering neurofeedback for my 5 year old son with sensory seeking behavior (which has lately gotten worse-more hitting, tantrums, saying mean things when we enforce the rules). However, I can find no information about neurofeedback being used for SPD, and it will be at least several thousand dollars. I want to know if it is likely to work.

Jan 27, 2010
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SIRRI AZ Brain Training
by: Anonymous

What exactly is SIRRI AZ Brain Training? Just curious. I have a 11 year old who is autistic disorder high-functioning.

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