Jane Woodburn is an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration and is Lead Occupational Therapist within the Witherslack Group, the UK’s leading provider of specialist education and care for children of all ages with social, emotional and mental health needs, communication difficulties (autism spectrum conditions, Asperger’s Syndrome, speech, language and communication needs) and complex learning needs. Jane is based in one of Witherslack’s specialist primary schools in Chorley, where she is able to provide Sensory Integration for many of the children.
Jane has been a member of the SI Network since 2004 and has recently completed SI Module 4 of the Modular Pathway. She is also one of the 10 e-mentors for the online programme that is launching in May next year.
As well as being an accomplished OT, Jane is a big fan of outdoor exercise and in particular, ultra-running, that she has been doing for around two years. Ultra-running is defined as running the length of anything past the marathon distance (26.2 miles).
This year she’s clocked up over 1000 miles! The most recent race Jane took part in was Lakeland 100, a hilly 105-mile race around the Lake District, which she said was particularly challenging as you have just 40 hours to complete it. Jane finished in 39 hours and 41 minutes, having kept going through two nights!
Jane told us, “Running at the end of the day gives me the chance to reflect on things. The proprioceptive input is regulating when you go for a run, it wakes me up if I’m tired and relaxes me if I’m stressed. I’m a sensory seeker - I certainly enjoy seeking proprioceptive input!”
We look forward to seeing more of Jane when SI1 Online launches. She added; “When I heard about SI1 Online and that the Network were looking for e-mentors I immediately knew I’d love to be a part of it. To be able to support other professionals who are going through the same training I did, is a great opportunity.”