Alison Double has been an occupational therapist for more than 20 years and in that time has worked in all sorts of settings including inpatient, community and schools in the UK and abroad, with a variety of clients (mostly with learning difficulties).
Her passion for SI stemmed from participating in the first ever SI Module 1 (Adults) course in 1995. This gave Alison the zest for the theory and sparked her lifelong interest in the area.
She is now an SI Network lecturer, delivering our popular 1 day Introduction to Sensory Integration Difficulties course, which runs three times a year and the 3 day Understanding Sensory Processing course available as an on-site course.
Over the last 4 years Alison has worked with the University of Worcester to set up their Undergraduate OT course where she hopes to ignite an interest of sensory integration in her students, with the hope that they will go on to the postgraduate SI practitioner training when in practice.
Indeed through her work at Worcester University, she is delighted that students can now gain hands on, practical experience in 'Ability House' – a house that has been converted so that teaching can be based on everyday practicalities.
Alison is currently undertaking her SI Module 4: Advanced Treatment in order to gain her Advanced Practitioner status. Alison comments, “It brought together all my learning to date and helped me contextualise... and it gave me more confidence in using suspended equipment..”
In her spare time, Alison is also a Brownie Unit leader for a pack of 35 Brownies where this term they are doing their ‘disability awareness’ badge and challenging their senses, and the ‘Just Right Challenge' at a PGL camp.
We took the opportunity to ask Alison about her favourite book. She revealed that her favourite book at the moment has to be Harry Potter. Alison says, “It has been bedtime reading with my 7 year old boy for the last 10 months – we are now on book 5!!”