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  • 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!

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  • 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

  • 07 Feb 2018 19:13 | Anonymous


    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: Eadaoin Breathnach, Occupational Therapist talks to SensorNet about Sensory Attachment Intervention
    • SI Network Autumn Conference round-up – We bring all the action to you – reflections, interviews and photos so you can soak up the atmosphere from Birmingham for yourself.
    • Feature Interview: Laura Graham speaks to SensorNet about her work with traumatised children
    • SI Network modular pathway: Find out more about the new structure for SI modules 2 & 3.
    • International feature interview: Kelly Mahler shares her knowledge on Interoception
    • Practice Based Feature: Chris West shares her expertise on using a Sensory Integration approach in trauma.
    • Early adopters of SI: Dr. Greg Kelly tells us about his contribution to SI.
    • Research updates - References and abstracts for recent articles related to sensory processing and neuroscience.

    Remember that the easy click-on links in the magazine will put you directly in touch with the editorial team and we welcome feedback and ideas for future editions. Thank you to all our contributors for this edition.


  • 31 Jan 2018 23:37 | Anonymous
    Welcome to February's edition of EmphaSIze. This month we have lots of exciting resources to inspire and motivate you, including some tips and products to help you plan ahead for your summer holidays! We also have links to some fantastic evidence based practice this month, including the “31 Days, 31 Articles” social media feature. Thank you to Cathy and the other therapists who have been sourcing these articles throughout the month of January. Thank you also to our parent readers too, Jenny for her question and Gabrielle for her comprehensive answer.




  • 29 Jan 2018 11:16 | Anonymous

    Are you or your colleagues considering following our modular pathway to becoming a qualified Sensory Integration Practitioner? We understand that life is busy and resources are finite, so we’ve made our online course bundle offer even better.

    Each module builds on your learning and skills until, after completing and passing SI Modules 1, 2 and 3, you become a qualified and recognised Sensory Integration Practitioner.

    You or your company can save money 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.

    In addition to saving as much as up to 10% on member prices, everyone booking onto a module will receive FREE 2-year gold membership to Sensory Integration Education worth £70. 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. Find out more today.

  • 22 Jan 2018 14:01 | Anonymous


    We moderate the following Facebook groups. These are lively online spaces to swap ideas, seek support and ideas, promote regional events, share interesting articles, etc. Join in today:

    SI Network Sensory Integration Professionals: an informal peer support group for Ayres' Sensory Integration Professionals.

    SI Network Parents: a parent-to-parent support group primarily for parent members of SI Network and parents of children with sensory processing disorders.

    SI Network Feeding and Eating: a support group primarily for members of SI Network who have an interest in or have undergone training to work with children with sensory-based feeding difficulties and for parents / carers of these children.

    SI Network Therapists England

    SI Network Therapists Wales

    SI Network Therapists Scotland

    SI Network Therapists Ireland and Northern Ireland

    Join your region’s Facebook SI group for information on regional events, issues, networking opportunities, to organise local get-togethers, discuss local service delivery issues and resources, etc. You do not have to be an SI Network member to access the regional groups, although Bronze Membership is free to all.
  • 22 Jan 2018 13:49 | Anonymous


    As a member, you can join in the conversation at our Forum (accessible from the website homepage) to:

    • Buy and sell SI-related books, equipment, kits etc
    • Discuss upcoming and ongoing SI Education courses and workshops, touch base with others planning to undertake the same course
    • Ask for and provide peer-to-peer advice on research and practice
    • Request or provide reviews on SI-related equipment
    • Get some support from our lovely members

    To join in, pop over to our website and login as a member, then click the link to Forum at the top of the page. If you’ve not yet joined the Forum, you’ll be asked to provide a name which will be displayed alongside your comments. It’s as easy at that!

  • 11 Jan 2018 15:44 | Anonymous

    Are you or your colleagues considering following our SI Modular Pathway to becoming a qualified Sensory Integration Practitioner? We understand that life is busy and resources are finite, so we’ve made our course bundle offer even better.

    Each module builds on your learning and skills until, after completing and passing SI Modules 1, 2 and 3, you become a qualified and recognised Sensory Integration Practitioner.

    You or your company can save money by purchasing a bundle of two or more online 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.

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

    The SI Modular Pathway is a great choice for occupational therapists and also physiotherapists and speech and language therapists who are looking to develop and extend their knowledge of Sensory Integration as a therapeutic frame of reference and treatment approach. Commit to your ongoing professional development today, by finding out more here: www.sensoryintegration.org.uk/Course-Bundle-Offers


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