Hello and welcome to the July edition of EmphaSIze.
This month we have some innovative products to share with you (check out the vibrating watch) and some research on interoception. Well done to Ceri for answering last month's question. Could you help Donna with creating a top five sensory break resource? Answer her question here and you could win a £25 Amazon voucher.
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Charmaine Zubal is an occupational therapist from Qatar.
Taking the opportunity to be a candidate at the first International Sensory Integration Conference (ISIC) was an easy decision for me. My reasons are linked to the following:
I had already booked my place at the World Federation of Occupational Therapist Conference, which was to be held four days prior to the ISIC. South Africa has been high on my list of places to visit and last but certainly not least, I am a trained SI (Sensory Integration) Occupational Therapist, presently working in a Children’s Special Needs Centre, based in Doha, Qatar with on-going optimism of meeting like minded therapists.
My journey as a specialist Paediatric OT commenced soon after completing my SI training in the UK where I worked within hospital and school settings. I find the sensory integrative approach to be very effective in treating children diagnosed with autism, as well as other developmental disorders, including sensory processing dysfunction, physical and learning difficulties.
The challenges that I encounter on a daily basis whilst working with children who experience sensory processing difficulties are not dissimilar to any other place in the world, however, my current working environment differs greatly from being in the UK. The cultural and environmental structure within Qatar, forces children as well as adults to develop their coping strategies and their ability to self-regulate. Children however, and especially those with a “special needs” diagnosis will often find it more difficult to develop these skills; often requiring specialist input at which point parents will seek the guidance from SI trained therapist.
For any trained SI therapist there are times when specific cases require further guidance for best possible outcome. To keep myself abreast with the available evidence relating to SI / ASI, I have continued to be a member of the SI Network UK and Ireland and I regularly communicate with other SI trained colleagues.
Attending the ISIC has not only broadened my networking opportunity but has provided me with new insights into how Ayres’ Sensory Intervention (ASI) research and practices are currently progressing around the world as well as what the future may look like for me as a practitioner.
Charmaine Zubal, Head of OT / PT Dept.
Mind Institute, Doha, Qatar.
My name is Therezien Mizzi and I live in Malta. I have been working as an occupational therapist for around 15 years. I work mainly in paediatrics but I also manage the OT services (including paediatrics, physical rehabilitation and geriatrics) at the hospital where I work. I have completed my Sensory Integration training in the UK, with the SI Network. By following the SI Network’s programme, I was able to obtain a Diploma in SI from the University of Ulster. I am currently reading for a PhD at Cardiff University, where I am looking at child-friendly outcome measures for Occupational Therapy in Malta.
I have been attending SI conferences abroad for a number of years. These include the SI Network Annual Conference in 2012 (Tring), the SI Network Annual Conference in 2014 (Birmingham), the European Sensory Integration Congress in 2015 (Birmingham), the European Sensory Integration Congress in 2017 (Vienna), and the latest one being the International Sensory Integration Congress (ISIC 2018) in May (Cape Town).
This possibility of building new and global relationships is very rewarding. You get the opportunity to discuss research as well as your own practice. I see it as a real investment in my career.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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