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  • 06 Dec 2017 13:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Maybe it is not just humans who prefer a quiet life. Here is a lovely story of Cooper the dog and his new friend Jasper. Thank you to Theresa Smith who has written this story especially for the SI Network.


    Cooper just adores to meet new dogs on his walks. He bounds over to canine strangers and wants to say hello, engage them and hopefully play. He knows he is a bit bolshy with his intentions and - over time - he has learnt that not everyone appreciates his forceful approach.

    Jasper isn’t like feisty Cooper. He likes the quiet. He likes peace. Noise makes him agitated and he gets jumpy if something happens unexpectedly. He sees other dogs proudly wearing their colourful collars and wonders why, when he has to wear his, he finds it so itchy and uncomfortable.

    Sometimes all his senses become overloaded and he can’t deal very well with how he is feeling. He barks or lashes out because he’s confused and scared. Luckily his owner understands how he feels and gently helps him with soothing words, removing noises and turning off bright lights. He also enjoys and feels calmed by getting stroked nice and firmly because lightly stroked feels tickly and unpleasant.

    This is who Jasper is, so he seeks out a calmer world and avoids things that make him feel stressed.

    But just because Cooper and Jasper have different preferences with interaction, doesn’t mean they can’t be friends. Cooper understands he needs to be less barky and full on, so as not to make Jasper uncomfortable. They spend time together not playing the active and loud Chase Me game, but in more sedate pursuits. They like to amble through the sides of the large field hunting out woodland smells and debris. Nothing wrong with that.

    In fact, Cooper thinks it’s quite nice to have a change of pace.

    What can you learn from your dog?

    We are all different and it’s great to have a variety of friends. If you’re the sort who loves loud, busy gigs with loads of buddies, keep a beady eye out for those who turned down the invite. Would they appreciate a one-on-one lunch time meet up instead? We have more than one gear, so move up or down to meet your friends’ level and enrich your life with those varied experiences.

    See more from Theresa at The Barklife Way: life lessons from a dog.


    Note: This story has been written by a non-therapist. If you are looking for a Sensory Integration therapist, you can see some useful information here.


  • 01 Dec 2017 12:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Merry Christmas to all our readers!

    In this month’s edition of EmphaSIze we are aiming to take some of the stress out of your Christmas shopping by compiling our own ‘Top 10 Christmas Gifts’. We also have all of our regular features, including the latest news within the SI Network, exciting new research, and our top picks for books and apps. Kate and I would also like to say big congratulations to Ashwini for answering November’s question, a £25 Amazon voucher is winging its way to you.

    Nikki White

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  • 22 Nov 2017 13:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Wow, The OT Show has been busy this morning! We're at Stand K52 at #theotshow and we have free chocolates! Come and say hello to Alison, Tracey and Michelle and you can receive a 50% discount off Gold Membership to the Sensory Integration Network.

  • 21 Nov 2017 17:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Christmas Special Offer! Are you ready to start your New Year Sensory Integration journey to becoming an SI Practitioner?

    If you book onto our postgraduate accredited, online SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience course before 15 December 2017, we will give you FREE access to our new online Introduction to Sensory Integration Difficulties course plus FREE Gold Membership (saving you £159).

    See more information here.

  • 21 Nov 2017 17:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    My name is Colette Nuttall and I’m a physiotherapist, based in Manchester. I’m at the beginning of my sensory Integration journey, having completed SI module 1 online in August 2017. It was tough going at times but I’m hooked and keen to learn more.  So with this in mind, I decided to attend the SI Autumn Conference in Birmingham earlier this month. I was a little daunted - would I be out of place as someone only just embarking on their SI journey? What if there were lots of super intelligent people, talking about clever things that went right over my head?! My determination to learn outweighed my worries though and I’m glad it did!

    The conference was welcoming with a strong sense of community right from the start. I’ve never been the most confident learner, always taking things slowly and with trepidation and if I’m honest, often feeling intimidated by more knowledgeable peers. Instead of these feelings though, I found myself applauding the newly qualified advanced practitioners and thinking that just maybe I could get there one day. There was acknowledgment of the dedication required and the difficulties of studying whilst juggling work and family commitments, but I got such a sense that with the support and encouragement in the room, there would be many others receiving their certificates in the future.

    Gina Daly passionately shared about her own journey through the SI Modular Pathway, which has led to her embarking on a PhD, and again it was encouraging that, step by step, it is possible. Over lunch, it was quite different from usual conference experience where you are often faced with awkward chat and balancing a plate of soggy sandwiches on your knee. There was the opportunity to sit down, share a meal and exchange experiences with others. There was no sense of hierarchy, but a willingness to listen and learn from each other, swapping recommendations of good books and websites and making connections. I was also able to meet with my module 1 e-mentor, Cathy Maguire, in person. Cathy had got me through the summer as I was working my way through SI 1, and having the opportunity to say thank you face to face was so good!

    At the conference, it was clear from the whole day and in the closing presentation that there is a determination to develop both the ‘quantity and quality’ of ASI practitioners, so that we are in the best position possible to be able to make a lasting difference. Listening to the experiences of Sam Marshall, a service user, speaking with Clare Omoyele, about just how life changing SI has been to her was really powerful, confirming how important it is that we are committed to learning and sharing together.

    Laura Graham and Ali Neal, as they talked about their work with traumatised children, reminded us that “The future depends on what we do in the present” (Mahatama Ghandi), true for the people we want to support, but also for us in our personal journey too. I genuinely left the day feeling inspired, encouraged, excited about the future and glad that I’d been able to be part of the day.

  • 13 Nov 2017 11:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The SI Network are pleased to announce 2 new course dates for 2018 for the popular 'Sensory Integration and Trauma in Children' course lectured by Laura Graham, Occupational Therapist and Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner.

  • 07 Nov 2017 10:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Did you watch the first series of the BBC drama The A Word? It follows the Hughes family whose youngest member, Joe, receives a diagnosis of autism. Set two years on from the first series, the second series starts tonight on BBC 1 at 9pm for UK followers with a TV licence: http://bbc.in/2yw6qRB

  • 06 Nov 2017 10:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


  • 04 Nov 2017 14:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Uncommon Senses – radio series

    In this BBC Radio 4 series, The Uncommon Senses, philosopher Barry Smith and sound artist Nick Ryan present a journey into the human multi-sensory experience (available internationally via the BBC iPlayer Radio): http://bbc.in/2lGiwSd

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