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  • 23 Mar 2017 15:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest issue of SensorNet is now available. 

    Please login to our website and access it here.

    Please let your friends and colleagues know that they can join the SI Network for FREE to access SensorNet magazine, our monthly EmphaSIze newsletter plus lots more resources.

    Some of the features in this Spring edition of SensorNet edition include:

    • The Big Interview – Carolyn Murray Slutsky talks to SensorNet about her career to date and her recent AOTA award.
    • Practice Based Feature: Ruth Vickerstaff tells SensorNet about the positive impact the SI Network in-house training has had within her workplace – (a mental health setting).
    • SI practitioners in action – Gina Daly and Claire Stokes, Paediatric Occupational Therapists, explain how specialist training in Sensory Integration can be used in clinical practice.
    • Sensory Integration online learning –The recent developments from SI 1 online are detailed.
    • SI Network Student Research - Aine Henry, shares her MSc Sensory Integration research project with SensorNet.
    • Lecture Notes – Yolanda Artiga, a parent of a child with Sensory Modulation Disorder shares her learning experience from the SI Network “Introduction to Sensory Integration Difficulties” course.
    • SI Network out and About – Where to watch out for us over the coming months
    • Research support committee update – read more about how the SI Network can support your research
    • Research updates - References and abstracts for recent articles related to sensory processing and neuroscience.
    • Also 10% discount for Silver and Gold members from Rompa and Southpaw for purchases made until the end of June!

    Thank you to all our contributors for this edition.

  • 13 Mar 2017 22:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you a Clinician?

    Would you like to help a study being undertaken collaboratively between researchers at Coventry University and Oxford Brookes University and which is being supported by the SI Network?

    Study Title: Validation of the Little Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire – UK Version & Cross-Cultural Comparison of Motor Function in Pre-School Children

    The study intends to:

    • develop a valid and reliable version of a questionnaire to screen pre-school UK children for movement difficulties
    • compare motor function of pre-school children across cultures
    • facilitate an improved understanding of the relationships between sensory and behavioural factors on the motor function of young children

    Please see here for more information.

  • 05 Mar 2017 20:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Middle England Regional Group

    Contact: Fiona Easom

    We are holding the next SI Middle England Group meeting at Ash Green, Ashgate Road, Chesterfield. S42 7JE – Wednesday 26th of April from 1pm to 4pm.

    Ash Green are kindly allowing us access to their Sensory Integration Room, so that we can have a practical session looking at different ways of using suspended and other equipment for therapy. We are a small and friendly group who welcome new participants.

  • 01 Mar 2017 09:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bring More Play Into Your Lives

    It’s finally starting to feel like winter is over. Flowers are blooming and the days are getting a little longer. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we are focusing this edition of EmphaSIze on nurturing, play and relationships. In our Editor’s Picks we have some great resources and suggestions to encourage a more playful approach to Sensory Integration. Albert Einstein beautifully quotes “play is the highest form of research”, so why not make play development a CPD focus and book yourself a place on The Art of Therapy: Play and Relationships, running in July in London.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all our ‘mum’ readers.

    Kate Bradley, Editor

  • 28 Feb 2017 21:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For this month’s Meet the Member feature, we spoke to Donna Boygle, a paediatric occupational therapist from Southend.

    Donna juggles between working in a special school, practising in a private clinic and managing a busy home life with 2 children aged 6 and 14 months. She also makes time to practise mindfulness, yoga and meditation.

    For this Mother’s Day special, we look at how a career in sensory integration works with being a mum.

    Donna has been a qualified occupational therapist for 12 years and a member of the SI Network since she started practising sensory integration, 7 years ago. As Donna says, “My children are a big part of my work. They come along to my private clinic and love to play on the equipment. My children also occasionally come along to the Special Needs school where I work as a Consultant Sensory Practitioner, to experience meeting and interacting with special needs children.

    For Donna, our Network has provided her with support as an independent occupational therapist operating outside the NHS. “My biggest lifeline is the group I have set up with 4 other mums that I met on one of the SI courses. We all live in different parts of the UK, but have common issues and we all catch up and give each other advice in the evenings, once the kids are in bed.”

    She also uses our social media and is a regular on the Facebook page and Module 4 learning group to ensure she stays up to date with the latest thinking. In Donna’s own words, “When you are an independent OT working for yourself, you have to make the most of the connections you have.”

    We wish Donna every luck in her practise and her future using sensory integration techniques to help her clients and their families.

  • 01 Feb 2017 19:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This issue of EmphaSIze is dedicated to ongoing continued professional development (CPD), vision and perception. Vision and the way we interpret this sense through visual perception are important skills needed for developing reading and writing. These are two essential skills needed when completing our CPD! Our editors picks this month will focus on stimulating the visual sense and developing visual perception. We will also look at some ways that you can participate in CPD activities using the resources of the SI Network and share with you what other members have already been busy doing. Happy reading!

  • 31 Jan 2017 21:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alison Double has been an occupational therapist for more than 20 years and in that time has worked in all sorts of settings including inpatient, community and schools in the UK and abroad, with a variety of clients (mostly with learning difficulties).

    Her passion for SI stemmed from participating in the first ever SI Module 1 (Adults) course in 1995.  This gave Alison the zest for the theory and sparked her lifelong interest in the area.

    She is now an SI Network lecturer, delivering our popular 1 day Introduction to Sensory Integration Difficulties course, which runs three times a year and the 3 day Understanding Sensory Processing course available as an on-site course.

    Over the last 4 years Alison has worked with the University of Worcester to set up their Undergraduate OT course where she hopes to ignite an interest of sensory integration in her students, with the hope that they will go on to the postgraduate SI practitioner training when in practice.

    Indeed through her work at Worcester University, she is delighted that students can now gain hands on, practical experience in 'Ability House' – a house that has been converted so that teaching can be based on everyday practicalities.

    Alison is currently undertaking her SI Module 4: Advanced Treatment in order to gain her Advanced Practitioner status.  Alison comments, “It brought together all my learning to date and helped me contextualise... and it gave me more confidence in using suspended equipment..”

    In her spare time, Alison is also a Brownie Unit leader for a pack of 35 Brownies where this term they are doing their ‘disability awareness’ badge and challenging their senses, and the ‘Just Right Challenge' at a PGL camp.

    We took the opportunity to ask Alison about her favourite book.  She revealed that her favourite book at the moment has to be Harry Potter.  Alison says, “It has been bedtime reading with my 7 year old boy for the last 10 months – we are now on book 5!!”

  • 31 Jan 2017 21:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A brand new course Complex Trauma in Children hosted by Franca Brenninkmeyer, Head of Child and Family Service, PAC-UK, made its debut on the SI Network training circuit last month.

    This practical course helps therapists understand the overall presentation of these children and the development of interventions to help the children and their new families.

    We caught up with two members who attended to find out more.

    Emma Jerman and Annie Doubleday are both occupational therapists and Advanced SI Practitioners.  Together they formed SenSI Treatment to help treat SPD in children, young people and adults, with 14 therapists treating over 180 children every week.

    Emma and Annie have been members of the SI Network since 2009.

    Emma has completed the Sensory Attachment Intervention Level 1 course, and is now experiencing the practical application of the course first hand using the approach on adopted children in her care. 

    Emma commented, “The Complex Trauma in Children was a great training course and gave me a real insight into recognising and helping children who are displaying these behaviours.  The course lecturer really understood the key issues and explained it in a practical way.  As a result of the course we are going to change the way we are working using the new model in our practice."

    Emma Jerman

  • 31 Jan 2017 11:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Great news released this week; ten of our members have had their abstracts accepted for ESIC 2017 in Vienna. Congratulations to everyone listed below.

    • Ciara Crowley
    • Nevenka Gričar
    • Gina Daly
    • Kathryn Smith
    • Sarah Hyde
    • Julia Eadie
    • Amy Stephens
    • Tamsin Storey
    • Diane Bird
    • Tanya Rihtman
    • Rosalind Urwin
    • Helen Justice

    You can see the line up of their presentations here.

    The SI Network’s Director of Research, Gemma Cartwright, added:

    “A big well done to everyone who had their submission accepted. ESIC is a fantastic opportunity to encourage members to submit abstracts to showcase the evidence and value of the work being done in the field and The Network is pleased to be able to provide additional support through a travel scholar award to allow some members attend in person.”

    Members who have completed modules through the SI Network (and not received funding in the last 24 months) can apply for a travel scholarship from the Network. A final decision about this will be made in Spring 2017 and will be covered in SensorNet Issue 49 due out at the end of March.

  • 23 Jan 2017 23:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sensory integration practice, as developed by Dr. A. Jean Ayres, is both a science and an art. Ayres described the art of therapy as the skill of eliciting the self-directed involvement necessary for brain's organisation. 

    According to Ayres, great skill is needed to elicit such involvement. While she brilliantly described the essence of that art in her writings, Ayres left us with few hints on the process by which we develop such art as clinicians. Yet this is not a trivial issue, since only self-directed action crates changes in the developing brain.

    How is a therapist practising Ayres' sensory integration to learn to practice artfully, in such a way that she empowers clients to organise their own brain? Where did Ayres' ideas about the art of practice come from?

    This two-day  workshop explores the roots of those ideas, and using contemporary and current literature offers strategies for reflection and action to guide seasoned and novel therapists to enhance the art of their practice.  Its main theoretical sources are playfulness theory, self-determination theory and child-centred play therapy.

    This is a practical workshop comprised of lecture, role playing activities, active reflection, video analysis and group discussion. Be prepared to have fun and go deep inside!

    Date: 14-15 July 2017

    Venue: London

    Fee: £370 (member price) Payment plans available.

    Audience: This course is aimed at therapists  both new and experienced, with some training in sensory integration who are interested in expanding the art of their SI practice. 

    Lecturer: Judith Abelenda, MS, OTR

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