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  • 01 Jun 2018 11:01 | Anonymous
    Welcome to the June's edition of EmphaSIze. This month we have a mixed newsletter for you with lots of great resources to inform and inspire you! There are some great apps for visual perception, activity idea books and new research articles on ADHD and DCD. Congratulations to Emma from Coventry for answering May’s question!

    Do you have experience in hearing impairment? Why not have a look at this month’s question and answer it to be in with a chance of winning an Amazon voucher?

    Click here to read our free EmphaSIze newsletter - no need to log in.

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  • 26 May 2018 21:26 | Anonymous

    SI Network is seeking a Director of Research to join the Board of Directors team, with a focus on leading on the development of research capacity and capability of practitioners. 

    The role will develop further SI Network’s substantial networks. A strong communications strategy will utilise online and through other electronic media, and the post-holder will cement SI Network’s reputation as a leading participation organization through engagement in SI Network’s external and internally hosted events. Internally, the post holder will work with the rest of the Board to develop and strengthen the organisation. 

    The successful candidate will enjoy working as part of a dedicated team and will have the opportunity to experience many aspects of SI Network’s work and contribute to the development of the organisation overall. 

    Please download the job application pack here before completing this form:

    - Applications closing date is Friday 28th September 2018
    - Selected candidates invited for an interview on Friday 12th October 2018
    - Interviews will be held at the Crowne Plaza Heathrow, London Friday 26th October 2018

  • 26 May 2018 21:06 | Anonymous

    Next month we are delighted to welcome Megan Faure BSc, OT, OTR to deliver her internationally renowned, two-day, Baby Sense workshop to our members.

     Megan is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in paediatrics in the USA and South Africa for more than a decade. She regularly lectures to both professionals and parents on various baby and childcare issues, in particular how to help infants with extreme fussiness, poor sleep habits and feeding problems. She is the founder and chairperson of the Infant Sensory Integration Training group, which provides courses for therapists to equip them to understand and treat infant behaviour.

    Megan is a journalist and author in the field of child psychology, parenting and child development. Passionate about her work and research into the field of infant development, particularly sensory integration, she felt that an understanding of the way a baby processes her world and the impact the sensory world has on sleep, feeding and development needed to be communicated to parents, so she co- authored the book Baby Sense, which has now been translated into 4 languages and is a best seller. 
    She followed this book’s success with Sleep Sense, Feeding Sense and Your Sensory Baby. 

    Megan writes for several regional and national publications in the UK and South Africa and has made numerous television appearances in South Africa. She delivers talks on baby care at NCT conferences and at the Baby Show in the UK and at many locations across South Africa. She runs a practice in Cape Town where she sees babies and toddlers with sleep problems and sensory processing difficulties. She is married with a son and two daughters.

  • 04 May 2018 11:44 | Anonymous

    SI Network is seeking a Head of Education Programmes to lead on the operational planning, development and implementation of all of SI Network’s Postgraduate courses. S/He is responsible for managing the appointment, performance, development and mentoring of the associates of Sensory Integration Network who lecture, mentor, assess and supervise students. The post holder will work closely with and report to the Director of Postgraduate Education.

    The post holder will work in collaboration with the responsible University, currently Ulster University, in delivering the postgraduate, post registration, education programmes to agreed quality standards. S/He will work collaboratively with the Head of Online Education Development ensuring that all new and refreshed courses are implemented in a timely manner to agreed quality standards.

    The successful candidate will have a track record of leading an academic programme and be able to demonstrate an ability to work as part of a team. 

    Location: Home based

    Salary: Equivalent to senior university lecturer or band 8A

    Closing date: 1 June 2018

    Please download the full application pack for more information.

  • 01 May 2018 16:27 | Anonymous

    Welcome to May’s edition of EmphaSIze. This month we are sharing some resources and apps to encourage you to enjoy outdoors and some journal articles to get you thinking. We really like Heathrow’s sunflower lanyards. Take a look at the resources section for more details.

    Well done to Mervin from Somerset for answering last month's question. Don't forget to check out our question of the month from Andy in Brighton. Send your answer in to us by 14th May to be in with a chance of winning a £25 Amazon Gift Voucher. 


  • 19 Apr 2018 13:21 | Anonymous

    On 26th March 2018 we welcomed a large group of students from all over the world to Module 2 Online:  Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration.  We are now 6 weeks into the course and are delighted to report that the module has got off to a flying start, with high levels of student engagement on the forums and a real sense of online community beginning to emerge.

    Dr Joanne Fallon, Lead e-mentor for this module, is working with a group of highly experienced, advanced practitioner e-mentors to ensure that students from all professional backgrounds and areas of clinical practice are welcomed and well supported in their learning as they undertake this course.

    Joanne reports “It is very exciting to be part of this incredibly strong and vibrant online education team, with experienced clinicians and academics from all three key therapy professions and the diverse specialties across the lifespan, working together to bring world-class, Sensory Integration education to therapists across the globe.”

    She goes on to say “Our Online Modular Pathway really is unique in that it offers students the only University accredited post-graduate training programme, leading to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Sensory Integration and it ensures the learning experience offers real value for all, whether you are coming to the course from an occupational therapy, physiotherapy or speech and language therapy perspective, because of the broad, interdisciplinary mix of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists and clinicians and academics we have within our education team.” 

    She tells us “Because of the partnership the Sensory Integration Network has with Ulster University we are able to offer our students:

    • Access to 24-hour online forum groups with dedicated e-mentor support
    • Comprehensive library facilities with librarian support and access to online journals, electronic databases, e-books and other interactive e-resources
    • Excellent student support services for those with additional study needs

     All of these add together to give our students an incredibly rich, learning experience that is unique to the SI Network.”

    You can find out more about the online SI modular Pathway here.

  • 01 Apr 2018 14:29 | Anonymous

    Welcome to April’s edition of EmphaSIze. This month we have some great resources on self-regulation for those with sensory integration difficulties. We also have some links to information for family members too and how best to support those with sensory issues. And don't forget to check out our question of the month. Send your answer in to us by 14th April to be in with a chance of winning a £25 Amazon Gift Voucher. Kate and I love reading your entries and selecting lucky winners!

    Click here to read our newsletter - no need to log in!


  • 25 Mar 2018 19:16 | Anonymous

    May promises to be a very exciting month with both the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) Congress (May 21st -25th) and the first International Sensory Integration (ISIC) congress (May 26th -27th) being hosted in Cape Town, South Africa. 

    The WFOT congress theme of “Connected in Diversity: Positioned for Impact” promises a rich and diverse scientific programme. The topic of Sensory Integration is well represented at the congress with presentations from Janine Van Der Linde, Antoine Bailliard, Ann Watkyns, Chané Potgieter, Stefanie Kruger, Phoebe Williamson, and Annamarie Van Jaarsveld to name but a few. 

    The ISIC 2018 congress will focus on an International Journey of Research, Practice, Advocacy and Education in Ayres Sensory Integration. The programme has a dynamic mix of keynote speakers, workshops and presentations emphasizing the latest evidence based research and practices in the field of Sensory Integration.

    Gina Daly, SensorNet editor, is travelling to South Africa on behalf of the SI Network, to bring updates from both congresses. Gina will attend the workshops, presentations and international meetings on Sensory Integration. The highlights, research developments and atmosphere from both congresses will be shared live during the events via social media and then more comprehensively in the Summer edition of SensorNet for you, our readers. 

    Gina will be joined at ISIC by the Chair of the Network, Rosalind Rogers, the Director for Post Graduate Education, Dr Sylvia Taylor-Goh and the Director of Membership, Cathy Maguire. The team will be meeting with international colleagues as they come together as a global community with a shared and invested interest in Ayres Sensory Integration. 

    Copies of SensorNet will be circulated to the international audiences to showcase the strong community of practitioners, researchers and students we have here in the UK and Ireland. Stay tuned as we bring you along with us, on what promises to be an truly inspiring learning experience.

  • 08 Mar 2018 20:40 | Anonymous

    We’ve got some great news for those of you seeking to achieve the status of Sensory Integration Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner. If this is you, then read on!

    The launch date for the new online SI Module 4 (only £849) is confirmed for 7 October 2019 which means that we’re now able to include it in our bundle offer allowing you to make significant savings.

    A quick recap on your pathway to being able to practise Ayres’ Sensory Integration:

    • Complete and pass SI modules 1, 2 and 3 to be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration and title of Sensory Integration Practitioner
    • Complete and pass SI modules, 1, 2, 3 and 4 to achieve the title of Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner*

    This pathway to practise is part of the first university-accredited postgraduate programme that leads to a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Sensory Integration for students successfully completing all 7 modules.

    Future-proof your continuing professional development

    The Sensory Integration Education and Ulster University programme surpasses the requirements of certification by the SI courses run by the University of Southern California and Western Psychological Services. It also exceeds the global standards being set by the International Coalition for Education in Ayres Sensory Integration (ICEASI).

    Save money on multiple modules, book now to beat 2018 price increases

    Our bundle offer for purchasing multiple modules now includes the SI Module 4 online module so you can study all the way to becoming an Advanced SI Practitioner taking advantage of the discounted prices. Find out how to save money with this offer here: www.sensoryintegration.org.uk/Course-Bundle-Offers

    You or your employer can save up to 10% by purchasing a bundle of two or more modules, which will give you voucher codes to redeem against the courses. The voucher codes can be used by a single person taking the modules or by several colleagues studying one or more modules each. It’s as flexible as you need it to be. We’re experienced at working with NHS purchasing processes as well as with private practitioners.

    The voucher codes are valid for 5 years, giving you more than plenty of time to complete the modules (even with career breaks) and helping you to beat any future fee increases. Talking of which…

    Course prices increase on 1 April: book now to hold 2017 prices

    The prices for all SI Modules will increase on 1 April 2018. If you want to follow the SI Modular Pathway to practise paying only 2017 prices, then you must book by the end of March. Don’t miss out!

    Kind regards

    Sensory Integration Education

    PS: *Your pathway continues! Advanced Practitioners can take SI modules 5 and 6 to achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration, and successful completion of SI Module 7 will result in an MSc Degree in Sensory Integration (awarded by Ulster University). Find out more about your SI Modular Pathway to practise here: www.sensoryintegration.org.uk/page-18208

    PPS: In addition to saving as much as up to 10% on member prices under the bundle offer, everyone booking onto a module will receive FREE 2-year gold membership to Sensory Integration Education worth £70.

  • 22 Feb 2018 11:53 | Anonymous

    I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2009 and have since completed my Advanced Practitioner Level 4 in Sensory Integration. My experience includes assessing, developing sensory diets, providing direct intervention and training for children and young people with sensory processing difficulties. I currently work for a leading children’s charity based in Hull, East Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire, within a Paediatric Therapy Service specialising in Sensory Integration Therapy.

    We assess many children with underlying sensory processing difficulties and associated feeding difficulties. Difficulties have included selective eating, food refusal, eating of non-edible items, liquid only diets and challenging behaviour relating to eating. In the past we have always referred to our local services such as the Nutritionist, Dietician and Speech and Language Therapist for additional support and guidance. However, were these presenting feeding concerns more directly linked to underlying sensory processing difficulties? If so, was this something we could address directly during our sensory integration therapy sessions. This led to me booking onto the Feeding Difficulties and Sensory Issues course led by Isabelle Beaudry Bellefeuille.

    Over the years I have gained an understanding of the difficulties families face trying to get their child to eat and how this issue is a priority to many. My goal was to further develop my skills which would enable me to deliver best practise and meet the needs of the children and young people I work with. The course was extremely informative and practical, which I feel is so important for therapists who are hands on clinicians. Isabelle provided many opportunities for us to practise and refine the practical strategies, demonstrating them first through a range of case studies. Isabelle’s passion to support children with feeding difficulties really inspired me to get straight back to work and start exploring these difficulties with the children and their families.

    I have already been able to put the theory and practical strategies I have learnt into practise. Feeding difficulties are now being further explored as part of the sensory integration assessment and intervention and parents are pleased with the recommendations provided. I am really looking forward to noting the changes after direct intervention. As eating is such a vital part of our lives, to know that I am able to make a positive contribution from the knowledge learnt really makes me glad that I attended the course.

    Scarlett Leedham

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