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Specialist sensory babies course on offer for members

26 Jul 2017 21:32 | SIE Support (Administrator)

Following feedback from members who wanted to develop their CPD for applying SI in the neonatal unit and early intervention (up to 2 years), we are pleased to be able to offer the Sensory Babies course in our busy training timetable this year.

The course will be facilitated by Emily Hills (BSc (Hons), Clinical Specialist Neonatal Occupational Therapist, Royal Free NHS Trust and Lindsay Hardy, Director of Clinical Services at Pace, a therapy and education centre for children.

Both are well known to the Network as lecturers. Lindsay Hardy is also the SI Module 4 Course Lead.

We caught up with Emily and asked her to tell us a little more about the two-day course that runs on 1st and 2nd October 2017 in London.

Tell us a little more about how this course came about.

This Sensory Babies course has been developed as a result of huge demand from other healthcare professionals, and indeed parents too, who want to know more about sensory development, how to recognise specific sensory needs in babies and young children and what interventions will address those needs and promote optimum development.

Thanks to the work of a small group of pioneering neonatal OTs both in the UK and the USA there are now many more OTs working in Neonatal environments and the OT role is much more widely recognised as making an important contribution to the infant’s development and promoting and supporting the parent infant relationship. Lindsay and I, with our combined expertise in SI, neonatology, early infant relationships, and development of the EI SMART model felt we were well placed to put this course together.

What does the course cover?

The course aims to introduce EI-SMART an early intervention model developed for all health care professionals working with babies.

Sensory Babies is unique in that it looks at the development and experience from the perspective of both the parent and the infant.

On the first day we look at the development of our senses from conception to two years. The course focuses on the experience of babies born too soon or too sick and how neonatal care affects the infant’s sensory development and parent’s wellbeing. On the second day we concentrate on behavioural cues and the language of the newborn, we also explore co-regulation and self-regulation and provide an overview of the theory of attachment. We finish by looking at baby occupations through their senses, eating, sleeping and playing.”

It’s a pretty busy couple of days but feedback so far has been really positive and we’re confident that health practitioners wanting to develop in this area will take on board a lot of useful information and tips.

For more information about what the course covers and to book a place, please see here.

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