GSIÖ originated in the "Arbeitsgruppe für Sensorische Integration in Österreich" (AGSIÖ). Since February 2002, GSIÖ is an officially registered, non-profit organization. Since its inception, 4 official General Assembly meetings took place (March 2004, Dec 2006, March 2010, Nov 2014).
GSIÖ is concerned with all issues regarding Sensory Integration in Austria. These include
Why are we mentioning consumer protection in this context?
Lots of things are sold under the name "Sensory Integration": trainings for therapists that violate Ayres' core defining elements of Sensory Integration intervention (Parham et al., 2007, 2011), e.g. by labeling systematic exercise or tabletop work "SI activities"; trainings for educators and teachers that claim to be "the better SI" although they simply repeat and simplify Ayres' complex and empirically developed theory; static programs that follow step-by-step routines without taking into consideration individual needs; and passive techniques such as brushing or sensory rooms that fail to consider the core element of Sensory Integration intervention that likely is the agent for change: the adaptive response. None of the above described is Ayres' Sensory Integration - but how should consumers (parents, course participants, managers of institutions) know.
Readers who are interested in valid, authentic, and neutral information on Sensory Integration are referred to the Sensory Integration Global Network's website.
We initiated the foundation of Sensory Integration Global Network (SIGN) and are founding member of the International Collaboration for Education in Sensory Integration (ICESI, jetzt ICEASI).
Until 2002, we had a formal cooperation agreement with the österreichischen Ergotherapieverband, since then the cooperation is event-driven (e.g., in cases of violating professional core competencies of OT by other professionals claiming to provide SI services or when an expert opinion is warranted). GSIÖ grants reduced membership fees for members of the Austrian OT association ErgotherapieAustria.
Since 2013, GSIÖ is a member of Österreichische Liga für
The board election at the General Assembly held on Nov 8, 2014 has reelected the previous board of directors. Thus, in the period 2014-18 GSIÖ e.V. will be represented by the following person (left to right):
Elisabeth Söchting, M.A., OTR/L, as president
Babsi Baier as office manager (not a board function)
Helene Gabuschnigg, OT, as vize president
Like any other non-profit association, GSIÖ's freedom of action depends to a large part on membership fees. Also, an association's influence increases proportional to its member numbers. That's why members are important for us!!!
Members not only support the activities of GSIÖ (see "projects") but also benefit from a number of privileges:
Cooperating course providers are obligate to offer a reduced fee for GSIÖ members for each course - no matter if workshop or certificate course (at least EUR 50.- per course). GSIÖ members also profit from early registration: "Early Bird" fees lower the course cost even more abad are exclusively available for GSIÖ members. In sum, professionals who are keen at staying current in their SI knowledge, save hundreds of Euros through reduced course fees by maintaining a GSIÖ membership.
GSIÖ members automatically receive the GSIÖ's quarterly newsletter, two editions per year in print, two in electronic format. Our newsletter GSIÖ-News is full of organizational and professional information, e.g. rubrics "Aus der Praxis", "Frequently Asked Questions", "Quergelesen" and more. The GSIÖ-News are available in German only.
Tipp: Non-German speaking readers who are interested in staying updated may sign up for the SeminarInstitut's electronic newsletter which is published in German and English.
Reduced Prices in the GSIÖ Shop
For most of the products in the GSIÖ shop, such as Wahnehmungsfragebogen WN-FBG, posters,
you'll find a reduced member price.
Quarterly Special Member Offer
Each quarter we name one product as "Special Offer". For a limited period, members can buy this product at a special price. Find this quarter's Special Offer in the GSIÖ-News!
External Special Conditions
GSIÖ has been able to negotiate special conditions for GSIÖ members at:
Only Occupational Therapists who are Austrian residents and who want to support GSIÖ's activities and benefit from a number of privileges, can become regular members. Regular members are eligible to vote at the General Assembly Meeting.
Yearly Fee: EUR 50.-
Students who want to support GSIÖ's activities and benefit from a reduced course fee in the introduction course or workshop,
can become student members. Student members do not have the right to vote.
Yearly Fee: 30.-, no registration fee
Persons who want to support GSIÖ's activities and benefit from a number of privileges but are not Occupational Therapists
who are Austrian residents, can become regular members. Irregular members do not have the right to vote.
Yearly Fee: EUR 70.-
Persons who just want to support GSIÖ's activities without any privileges, can become supporting members. This type of membership automatically expires at the end of the calendar year.
Yearly Fee: EUR 25.-
The GSIÖ board award a honorary membership to persons for their merits. This type of membership includes a lifelong waiver of membership fees.
Yearly Fee: EUR 00.-
When you register for membership, a one-time fee of EUR 30.- will be added.
Pausing a Membership
The membership can be paused for up to two years during maternal leave, illness, or stay abroad. This means that the member does not pay membership fees during the designated period and can take up her member status without paying the registration fee. Applications for pausing the membership have to be sent in writing per email or regular mail.
Ending a Membership
The membership can be ended anytime without giving reasons. The GSIÖ office has to be notified about the cancellation in writing per email or regular mail. Membership fees have to be paid till the end of the calendar year.
The board can exclude members who have not paid their fees for more than 6 months and have not reacted to two reminders. The exclusion as a member does not extinguish the obligation to pay the outstanding membership fees.