Sensory Integration Education is delighted to announce the appointment of paediatric Occupational Therapist and researcher Lelanie Brewer to the post of Head of Education Programmes. Currently a Senior Lecturer in OT and MSc OT programme lead at Northumbria University, with 13 years’ experience in private and NHS clinical practice, Lelanie will take up the new post in September 2018.
Lelanie will manage the planning and development of Sensory Integration Education’s postgraduate courses and be responsible for managing the team of lecturers, mentors and supervisors. She will work close closely with our accreditation partner, Ulster University, – on Sensory Integration Education’s unique postgraduate pathway leading to an MSc in Sensory Integration. The position will work in close collaboration and report to the Director of Postgraduate Education, Dr Sylvia Taylor-Goh .
Lelanie said: “There are currently a lot of exciting developments in Ayres’ Sensory Integration. I am looking forward to working with the team on how we, as an organisation, can contribute to the goals in the Ayres Sensory Integration 2020 Vision and deliver a high quality educational experience that meets the needs of our course participants and the individuals with whom they work. A key priority for me is to ensure that our course standards continue to be outstanding and reflect the latest evidence in the fields of Neuroscience and Sensory Integration.”
With an impressive track record spanning the UK and USA, Lelanie became a university lecturer full-time in 2014 because of her keen interest in teaching, research and furthering the evidence base for OT. In 2017, she won the award for best lecturer in the student-led teaching awards at Northumbria University.
Prior to this, Lelanie worked as a children’s occupational therapist in the NHS, charity and private settings since 2000. During this time, she became an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration and spent the majority of her clinical career working with children and young people with sensory integration difficulties.
Originally qualifying in OT in South Africa, Lelanie gained her MSc in OT at Brunel University, London and is currently in the second year of her part-time PhD study at Newcastle University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Rosalind Rogers, Chair of Sensory Integration Education, said: “This new role cements our commitment to only providing the highest-quality, accredited and evidence-based SI training. We are thrilled to have Lelanie join our team and very much look forward to working with her to deliver some exciting new projects in the coming academic year.”