My name is Stephanie, I’m an occupational therapist and I work in a specialist provision for children and young people with autism. I completed the MSc in Sensory Integration in 2017 and I am currently an e-mentor for module 2. I have attended many courses with the SI Network however this was my first SI conference.
The day taught me many things, including the importance of co-regulation from Éadaoin Bhreathnach and Chris West during their talk on Sensory Attachment Intervention. It certainly was extraordinary to hear from each speaker the profound effect that the SAI course has had in relation to their own practice. Following this I discovered the ‘Just Right State Programme’ for the first time from Tessa Scully, something I feel would be useful for clients in my current setting.
In the afternoon Natalie Power articulately and passionately shared her own journey of SI and the impact it has had on work in CAMHS. The talks on using SI from a physiotherapy and speech and language perspective (by Emma Snowdon and Amy Stephens) were both highly engaging and enlightening for me. As the day came to a close, I listened to Sue Delport speak about her national study and the upcoming EASI tool. The future developments in the evidence and quality of assessment in ASI are exciting!
Throughout the day I listened and spoke to therapists using sensory integration from different clinical and professional backgrounds the key message that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ kept hitting home and I left feeling informed, inspired and grateful to be part of such a driven community!