I am an Occupational Therapist and an Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner, completing my MSc in Sensory Integration last year.
I work for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and am the Occupational Therapy professional lead for the specialist learning disability services, working across in patient and community services.
Over the last few years, I have worked to introduce and develop a sensory pathway in the service, using a sensory integration approach. As much of our work is community based we do not have access to a sensory integration clinic space so have worked to use the theories and philosophies of Ayres sensory Integration and incorporate them into individual client centred programmes that are practical, available and most importantly beneficial. We work with people with a learning disability who have sensory processing difficulties that affect their function and look at creative ways to increase participation and functional performance through meaningful activities – very OT!
I am also an e mentor on the module 2 course, which I find fascinating and very rewarding, particularly seeing how students develop through the course and begin to consider how to implement their learning into their different service areas and client groups.
The Royal College of Occupational Therapy’s OT week is an annual event and an opportunity for us to celebrate our profession- something we don’t do enough! This year’s theme of is 'Securing the future of occupational therapy', and we are asked to make individual pledges to support our profession. My pledge is to continue developing the sensory integration approach with the people I work with, ensuring and contributing to the evidence base that is available and continuing to demonstrate the link between sensory processing difficulties and function.