Cathy Maguire, Director of Member Services and Conference Chair for the SIE Autumn Conference extends her gratitude to all the delegates, those who followed the event via social media, the speakers, staff and everyone who helped make the event another sell-out success:
“Sensory Integration Education has been delivering high quality, sensory integration training for 25 years now and this weekend we celebrated our silver jubilee birthday with an action-packed Sensory Integration Education Conference held at Aston University Conference Centre in Birmingham, UK.
“My take-home messages from the day are many and include:
“We have an amazingly strong, vibrant, knowledgeable and inclusive community of practice that people value greatly and are proud to be part of.
“We have huge talent within our professional community and wonderful work is being carried out by clinicians and researchers in the UK.
“There is immense energy within this community – people want to connect, share interprofessional dialogue and support, and to feel well-supported by others in the community of practice too.
“Undertaking the accredited SI practitioner training pathway has opened up some inspiring career and research opportunities for speakers and conference delegates alike, as evidenced by the content of the presentations and conversations held with delegates throughout the day.
“Students are appreciative of the Outstanding Student Bursary Awards.
“The research grants offered are enabling members to complete projects and attend conferences they would not be able to do otherwise.
“We all have a responsibility to work, both individually and collectively, to build on the wonderful legacy of the early SI pioneers, advance the evidence base, and pass on our own knowledge to those with whom we come into contact.
“Sensory integration really does change people’s lives as evidenced by the case studies and powerful testimonies from service users shared in the presentations.
“Finally, thank you to all the speakers and attendees for making this year’s conference such a memorable learning and networking experience. We are already starting to think about next year’s conference so watch out for announcements!”
Director of Member Services and Conference Chair
Sensory Integration Education