The Sensory Integration Education & Research Foundation (SIERF) became a reality in June of 2005. SIERF was founded by 2 occupational therapists & a parent of a child with down syndrome, autism and sensory integration (SI) dysfunction. The SIERF originators were acutely aware of a gaping need to assist with research funding & therapy resources for parents & professionals seeking information about this complex sensory based diagnosis and treatment as it has become more and more recognized as having a significant impact on child development and adult success.
The originators were very aware of the development and recognition of this disorder originated by Dr. A. Jean Ayres, an occupational therapist, educational psychologist and neuroscientist. She developed the theory of sensory integration disorders over 3 decades, exploring the relationship between sensory processing and behaviors of children with recognized disabilities. Historically sensory integration was defined as the "neurological process that organizes sensation from one's own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively, within the environment." (Jean Ayres, 1989). The current terminology, (SPD), sensory processing disorder is defined as difficulty turning sensory messages into controlled behaviors that match the nature and intensity of the sensory information. The behaviors resulting from difficulty responding to sensory information disrupt learning, social competence and mastery of daily living skills needed for a child to succeed with developing appropriate skills needed for success in school and later in the work environment. Currently more and more parents and professionals have become aware of the tremendous impact of this disorder on success with life skills and are seeking help. The need for training and treatment is rapidly increasing.
Our mission is to promote awareness, acceptance and achievement of and for children and families living with sensory processing and other related disorders.
Our goal is to level the playing field for vulnerable and at-risk populations through an integrated, compassionate, and far reaching approach
To instill in every mother, father and child