My name is Alison Dear and I’m a Speech and Language Therapist. My workplace is a special school in Luton and many of the pupils on my caseload have an additional diagnosis of autism and or ADHD.
I began the Sensory Integration Network’s modular pathway in 2011. Although I only planned to complete module 1, I immediately realised that the sensory integration perspective could help me understand some of my most complex clients. I completed my MSc. in sensory integration in 2017 and have been a mentor for both Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists in the Sensory Integration Network’s modular pathway.
My particular area of interest is the relationship between anxiety and sensory integration difficulties, particularly tactile and auditory hyperreactivity, which can be major barriers in developing communication and interaction skills. This was an area I explored for my MSc. which gave me an opportunity to consider literature from a wide range of sources. I was fascinated by the links between the auditory and tactile systems. Since attending and listening to presentations at the Network’s conference in November, I have also been asking myself questions about the relationship between sensory integration and attachment.
I use my SI knowledge on a daily basis. This may be in the process of assessing a pupil, delivering therapy or working with a class team. Taking a sensory perspective when supporting a class team can enable them to consider a student’s behaviour in a different way. This in turn can support them to develop a classroom environment where students are more able to engage.
Learning and continuing to learn about the process of sensory integration has become one of the most important parts of my working life - I can’t imagine a day without it!
Congratulations to over 100 Sensory Integration Education students who were awarded their MSc, PgDip or PgCert in Sensory Integration this week at Ulster University. The modular Master of Science in Sensory Integration course was the first, and remains the only, kind of its course in the world being a university-accredited pathway to SI practice with academic credits awarded for each module.
Aideen Ruttledge, Jannie Laverie and Emer Broderick attended the Ulster University Winter Graduation at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, on Monday 10 December 2018, where they were presented to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Nixon, for their award of Master of Science in Sensory Integration and to collect their certificates. Over 100 SIE students gained awards on the MSc SI modular pathway this week.
From left to right: Aideen Ruttledge, Jannie Laverie, Dr Greg Kelly, and Emer Broderick with her son Ronan.
We send hearty congratulations to all of the following students:
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SENSORY INTEGRATION
Emer Broderick, Gemma Carlier, Rachelle Curtis, Jannie Laverie, Kathryn Rowley, Aideen Ruttledge.
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN SENSORY INTEGRATION
Sanjeev Badwal, Madeleine Dewis, Catherine Warne.
Frances Critchley, Signe Dimitriades, Rachel Swatton.
POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN SENSORY INTEGRATION
Hannah Aitken, Leisa Allinson, Jemma Baker, Victoria Bayes, Karin Bayley, Debbie Bissell, Jennie Brooks, Rachael Busby, Nancy Buttling, Penny Calder, Carey-Anne Carlyon, Frances Clark, Sophie Cockell, Rebecca Collis, Keira Deane, Rachel Deighton, Elizabeth-Ann Erasmus, Caroline Finch, Rowena Fox, Susannah Giles, Abigail Hancock, Kiera Haughley, Melissa Homer, Emily Kellett, Claire King, Katy Kitson, Emily Kobelis, Felicity Marriott, Alicia Marzahn, Susan McGill, Lucy McGregor, Katherine McSweeney, Eveline Milne, Laura Murray, Ricky Netting, Una O’Farrell, Hollie Patroni, Claire Portener, Catriona Power, Fiona Prior, Lucy Robertshaw, Donna Susan Ross, Elisheva Salomon, Rebecca Seaman, Jennifer Shorter, Sarah Skinner, Emily Stiles, Janice Thorne, Dianne Waters, Alexa Wilcock, Natasha Woollard.
Carla Atkins, Charlotte Axton, Sarah Barker, Jennifer Beal, Paul Bloomfield, Sophie Brummell, Amanda Byrne, Jennifer Champion, Aranzazu Cobo-Gines, Amanda Ebdon, Fiona Evriviades, Rachael Gartland, Kerry Grady, Rhona Harkness, Joanne Harries, Jamie Hooper, Nicola Jenkins, Shirley Jones, Chantelle Lambert, Hannah Learner, Emma Lynne, Donna McElhinney, Caroline Elizabeth McGloin, Justine McManus, Catherine M’Crystal-Fletcher, Sandi O’Neill, Julia Pollock, Louise Reid, Debra Robinson, Faith Rollins, Teresa Jane Ryan, Warren Sandells, Malene Sogaard, Rachael Thompson, Christine Tout, Rosana Tuck, Alice Ward, Lesley Wilson, Katie Witt.
Nimet Altiok, Debra Divell, Louise Holdsworth, Danielle Longden, Helen Mason, Ela Powezka, Mary Read.
“An International Journey of Innovation, Identification and Intervention in ASI®"
The countdown has commenced to the International Sensory Integration Congress. The call for papers is now open, and Dr. Anita Bundy has been announced as Chairperson, with Professor Shelly J. Lane as a keynote speaker.
“Translating Sensory Processing into Quality of Life in Various Environments”
Call for papers now open, with Dr. Erna Imperatore Blanche, Paivi Danner, and Dr. Sharon Cermak announced as speakers.
A great fidget toy for tactile and visual feedback.
This colour changing LED message board is a great way to record messages or notes.
For a more intense tactile experience, try this water bead foot spa.
Challenge your balance with these intensive vestibular shoes.
Use this black out tent as a space to chill out and regulate during the busy Christmas day.
No need for good weather with this indoor swing.
Revive tired feet with this crackling cooling foot spray.
Be transported to a new world with this virtual reality headset.
Add some Christmas sparkle to your living room with these gorgeously tactile reversible sequin fabric cushions.
This great family game focuses on oral motor skills in a fun and unique way!
Merry Christmas to all of our readers! We have lots for you in this month’s edition of EmphaSIze, including some great feedback and content contributions from delegates at the Sensory Integration Education’s Autumn Conference. We also have the annual return of our “Sensory Christmas Present list” - a firm favourite with our readers.
Well done to Kate who provided an in depth and clear answer to last month’s question on sleep. Why not have a look at this month’s question and see if you can help? Send us your suggestions and you could win a £25 Amazon voucher.
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The day taught me many things, including the importance of co-regulation from Éadaoin Bhreathnach and Chris West during their talk on Sensory Attachment Intervention. It certainly was extraordinary to hear from each speaker the profound effect that the SAI course has had in relation to their own practice. Following this I discovered the ‘Just Right State Programme’ for the first time from Tessa Scully, something I feel would be useful for clients in my current setting.
In the afternoon Natalie Power articulately and passionately shared her own journey of SI and the impact it has had on work in CAMHS. The talks on using SI from a physiotherapy and speech and language perspective (by Emma Snowdon and Amy Stephens) were both highly engaging and enlightening for me. As the day came to a close, I listened to Sue Delport speak about her national study and the upcoming EASI tool. The future developments in the evidence and quality of assessment in ASI are exciting!
Throughout the day I listened and spoke to therapists using sensory integration from different clinical and professional backgrounds the key message that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ kept hitting home and I left feeling informed, inspired and grateful to be part of such a driven community!
My name is Steph Simpson and I am the proud mother of Thomas who is 7 years old and has Williams Syndrome. By profession I’m a Chartered Engineer and had no awareness of SI, but when Thomas was a baby, I met a new friend at a local Parent and Toddler Group. Although I didn’t know it at the time, she is an SI-qualified OT. This serendipitous friendship was the start of my SI journey. It’s not been a straightforward one, but, in spite of SI Therapy not being commissioned by my local NHS Trust, my Son’s need for a Sensory Diet and weekly SI Therapy now appears in his EHCP. He is happy, he is making good progress at school and life is so much better than it would have been without this essential support.
Immediately after Thomas’ sensory needs were assessed, we were given a Sensory Diet for him. Simply following this diet made a life-changing difference to my family. I was struck by the enormous impact that even a small amount of SI knowledge could have in the hands of the people who live with and support Thomas. Since then, I have read – lots and I have attended many SI Therapy sessions with my son. It was last year that my friend mentioned the Sensory Integration Education’s Autumn Conference and reassured me that it was indeed for everyone – not just therapists. So I booked my place early and it was well worth the wait.
In my professional life, I gauge the value of a conference not just by how much I learn on the day, but by how much more I want to learn afterwards. After all, I don’t know what I don’t know until I attend an event like this. The Autumn Conference was simply the most compelling event that I have ever attended. I don’t pretend to have understood every word that I heard, but that’s the fun of it – there is so much more to learn and I came away feeling certain that I should enrol on the Module 1 Course.
My other reflection is a more melancholy one: Every single day, my family benefits from the world of SI that was only opened to us by a single, chance friendship. In the county where I live, there is no easily accessible means by which other children (or adults) with SI needs can even have these identified, let alone met. Knowledge is truly powerful - it is a catalyst for change - and that is why the work of the SIE is so critically important.
Sensory Integration Education have appointed a new lead for video production to lead on our filming project
What is the Project?
Our exciting and ambitious filming project aims to develop a large database of up to date video material that will include therapists and service users talking about experiences and providing advice for our students, lectures on key concepts, as well as assessments and intervention sessions. The video material will be used in our modules and CPD courses to demonstrate practice and support our students to develop clinical reasoning skills.
Who is our new Lead for Video Production?
Sensory Integration Education are delighted to welcome Cathy Warne to our online learning team as Lead for Video Production. Cathy is an experienced advanced SI occupational therapist practitioner with a wealth of SI knowledge and skills. She has held a number of other contracts within Sensory Integration Education including EmphaSIze editor where her strong academic and superb time manage skills have been evident.
Cathy’s role will include sourcing videoing opportunities, managing the process and most importantly supporting practitioners, their clients and our filming team to ensure production of relevant, high quality material is gathered within a safe environment and process.
How can you get involved?
If you are interested in becoming part of this project you can find more information about the project, remuneration rates and how to apply here. We also have information for parents / carers here and if you would like to see a copy of our consent form please contact us.
As an organisation, Sensory Integration Education is committed to supporting the development of early career SI researchers by providing financial, recruitment and dissemination support.
With this goal in mind, we are delighted to announce that we are making £500 bursary awards available for students who have been or who are enrolled on the Ulster University Masters Module in Sensory Integration in the academic year of 2017/18 and/or 2018/19 and who have their abstracts accepted by the ESIC 2019 Scientific Committee. But, hurry, the deadline for submission to ESIC is 10 December.
ESIC 2019 will focus on how sensory processing translates into everyday activities and quality of life. The ESIC 2019 Scientific Committee has issued a call for individual papers, roundtable submissions and posters. Proposals are accepted in English and Greek and should address the conference theme.
Students submitting abstracts must be able to attend the conference, held in Thessaloniki in June 2019, to present their paper in person.
Students can only submit one paper proposal per individual. Send your proposal (maximum of 250 words) and a one-page CV to: email@example.com by Monday 10 December 2018.
To be eligible for the Sensory Integration Education £500 bursary, you must have been or are enrolled on the Ulster University Masters Module in SI in the academic year of 2017/18 and/or 2018/19 AND have your abstract accepted by the ESIC 2019 Scientific Committee. Successful students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for the bursary.
EUROPEAN SENSORY INTEGRATION CONGRESS (ESIC)
20-22 June 2019
"Translating Sensory Processing into Quality of Life in Various Environments"
Hosted by: The Hellenic Scientific Society for Sensory Integration
Venue: Macedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki.
Sensory Integration Education, Old Breedon School, 8 Reading Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7LY, UK
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