[2014] Melissa Richards (OTA 110 Summer 2014, OTA 110 11 Spring 2014, OTA133Winter 2015): Astronaut

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[2014] Melissa Richards (OTA 110 Summer 2014, OTA 110 11 Spring 2014, OTA133Winter 2015): Astronaut

Astronaut training started over 30 years ago when sensory integration therapy started. Astonaut training consists of therapy integrating audio, vestibular, and visual senses. This therapy came about after OTR Jean Ayres discovered the importance of sensory integration.

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OT’s practice this astronaut training specifically by conducting activities which include vestibular, auditory, and visual imput. Length of course varries per child's needsCost: This therapy can use many household items and can be done with little or no cost. Cost of therapy may be covered by insurance.

Certified OT's/OTA's or a clinician with a full understanding of sensory integration can administer this therapy. Parents/Caregivers can be trained to administer therapy as well.AOTA offers a continuing educational program to further SI education.

Astronaut Training


Sheila Frick, OTR, and Mary Kawar, MS, OTR discovered the importance of the vestibular system and began treating those with vestibular disfunctions.

Understanding three-dimensional space

Who can administer?

Why does this help?

Astronaut training supports theraputic use of occupations by encouraging growth and exploration in those with gravitational insecurities in need of sensory integration.


After astronaut training clients are expected to be more comforable with their own bodies. They will be aware of their position in space and be able to handle auditory and visual imput while acting upon their vestibular system.

All areas of occupations will be affected by astronaut training.With a new found sense of position in space, children after this therapy will perform better in activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, sleep, work, education, social, and leisure. Knowing where they are and being able to interpret that sensory input will improve fuction in all areas.

Performance Skills

Astronaut therapy is used in pediatrics for kids with specific sensory issues. These kids can be anywhere from ages 0-21 who need help learning to process vestibular, auditory, and visual input. OT’s practice astronaut therapy by utilizing activities that work on all three of those areas at once.

Performance skills that are expected to be affected include but do not limit stabilizes, positions, manipulates, coordinates, moves, walks, transports, endures, paces, handles, searches/locates, navigates, and accommodates.

Astronaut trainig is backed by evidence of efficacy by testing the child’s responses to the therapy each time the therapy is done. After each stimulating activity the child’s eye movements are tested to see if they are responding to the movement of the therapy. Results are kept each session to record progress. According to research at VitaLinks, Most kids benefit from the results of this therapy.


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