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  • 07 Feb 2018 19:13 | 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: 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 member (Administrator)
    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)


    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 member (Administrator)


    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 member (Administrator)

    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


  • 01 Jan 2018 11:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nikki and I have now been editing EmphaSIze for 16 months, I can’t quite believe how quickly time flies! There have been lots of exciting developments from the SI Network over this time, and 2018 looks set for more of the same. When setting your New Year's Resolutions, consider your career and CPD options, but also about how you are going to make time for yourself.

    Well done to Robyn for answering this month's question, I am sure Karen will find your tips really helpful with the child she is supporting. Keep sending us questions, answers and tips, we love to hear what you are doing in clinics, schools and homes.

    We wish you all a prosperous new year!

    Click here to read our January Newsletter - No need to log in!

    Kate


  • 18 Dec 2017 19:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I am an occupational therapist who qualified in 1984 and completed an MSc in occupational therapy in 2003. My experience encompasses both the physical and mental services for children since 1988.

    When I applied to take part in SI module 1 my goal was to learn more about applying sensory intervention techniques - which I have been investigating - to my clients. I also wanted to bring my qualifications up to date and the SI Network now provides a modular pathway which is validated via Ulster University. The course has helped me to achieve these and to further my learning and understanding of sensory processing issues with the children that I treat.

    The module was very mentally stimulating and I enjoyed the process of intensive learning, which I have not done for a while. The standard of the materials, the calibre of the lecturers and the scientific detail made me think again about the ways I assess children and added a new depth to my clinical reasoning. The new knowledge that I gained during the course is combining with my previous experience and training to help shape the way that I will assess children in the future. The course also gave me an appetite for learning, so has encouraged me to carry out the next levels of training.

    I would definitely recommend the course to others. It will inspire you and enable you to move your work forwards.

    Joan O’Rafferty

    Occupational Therapist

  • 18 Dec 2017 12:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Wishing you a restful Christmas and fulfilling 2018 from everyone at Sensory Integration Education.


    Rosalind Rogers, Chair

    Sensory Integration Education

  • 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.


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