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  • 21 Oct 2016 20:42 | SIE Support (Administrator)


    Congratulations to one of our international SI colleagues, Esther Fleurbaay, who has just become the European Senior Badminton Champion (Ladies Doubles) after competing in the 2016 Championships! 

    Esther has been playing badminton since she was 8 years old and has already won many national titles, but winning the championship in Slovenia, with her sports partner Georgy van Soerland, has been an unbelievable experience. 

    When she’s not on court, Esther is a paediatric physiotherapist from the Netherlands who has her own practice and also teaches therapists and teachers about SI. 

    Esther discovered the SI Network at the European Sensory Integration Conference in Birmingham last year and is now a valued member of our PT-SI closed Facebook group. 

  • 21 Oct 2016 16:13 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    We would like to congratulate two of our Network members on their successful National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) research study bid - Sue Delport and Kath Smith.

    Their research bid entitled ‘A pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial of Sensory Integration Therapy versus usual care for sensory processing difficulties in Autism Spectrum Disorder in children: impact on behavioural difficulties, adaptive skills and socialisation (SenITA)’ has been accepted by the NIHR.

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a common lifelong condition affecting 1 in 100 people. This study aims to explore whether, compared to treatment normally offered to families, Sensory Integration Therapy improves a child’s behaviour, socialisation and daily functioning.

    The research will be led by Cardiff University and partners and will publish its findings in October 2020. When complete, Sue, Kath and the team will organise an event for affected families to publicise the results and make a summary available to organisations like NAS to include on their websites. A summary will also be made available via social media.

    Further information about the project can be found on the NIHR website.

  • 16 Oct 2016 20:03 | SIE Support (Administrator)


    The SI Network are pleased to announce the launch of their ESIC 2017 - Visiting Scholar Award. This award is open to Advanced SI Practitioners, who have completed their MSc through Ulster University, carrying out SI related research. The grant is for £800 to cover the registration fee, accommodation and flights to Vienna.

    Applications will be welcome from those who have had their abstracts accepted by the scientific committee for ESIC 2017. Please visit the ESIC 2017 website for topics for the conference and guidance for submissions.

    The award is available to abstracts accepted for Oral Presentations, Workshop, Round Table or Poster Presentations (research projects only).

    The application process for this award will open once ESIC 2017 have confirmed their scientific programme and people have been informed. The closing date for abstract submissions for ESIC is 30th October, 2016.

    SI Network Researcher Support Committee.

  • 10 Oct 2016 08:00 | Alex Mcarthur Davies

    October is Mental Health Awareness month. The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year as an opportunity to raise "awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health."

    This year, we are celebrating and acknowledging the fantastic work of SI in Mental Health by posting one quote an hour for 24 hours on Facebook, starting at midnight GMT. To see our posts, visit our Facebook page. Don’t forget to like and share!

  • 01 Oct 2016 18:48 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    Strictly Sensory Integration

    Welcome to October’s newsletter! 

    Kate and I are the new co-editors and are very excited to be bringing you all the latest news and resources from the SI Network. To meet us and see what we look like waltz over to the website.  Speaking of waltzing, we hope all our UK readers are enjoying the latest TV series of Strictly Come Dancing? Watching the grace and fluidity of movement of the dancers we are in awe of the amazing levels of sensory integration they have (or in some cases the lack of it!). 

    For those with Dyspraxia, coordinating every day movements must feel a bit like trying to master the complex moves of the Argentine Tango, or perhaps the jive, on a daily basis. October 9-15th is Dyspraxia Awareness Week so this month we are bringing you both dance and praxis resources to reflect these events. The combination of music and movement that dancing provides, gives not only sensory and physical input, but mental benefits too.  It can therefore be an important coping tool for some living with mental illness - a topic observed annually on 10th Oct on World Mental Health Day.  

    Kate Bradley and Nikki White

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  • 28 Sep 2016 12:27 | Alex Mcarthur Davies

    We are pleased to announce the new graduates from the class of 2015-16 who have successfully completed Module 4 of the SI Modular Pathway, in association with Ulster University.  

    Their hard work and efforts all paid off and they have now achieved official status as Sensory Integration Network Advance Practitioners - an outstanding achievement!

    Two delegates were also acknowledged for their outstanding results this year.

    For the PGCert: Giannella Attard from Belgium with an average mark of 88.5% - the highest marks across modules 1 and 2/13.

    for the PGDip: Ciara Feehan from Northern Ireland with an average mark of 79.25% - the highest mark across all four modules and the research modules.

    The SI Network's Director of Postgraduate Education, Dr. Sylvia Taylor Goh, said; "The quality of the work which these award-winning students submitted was excellent and real cause for celebration. It was fantastic to see such a wide range of students from all over Europe and different practices including SLT and PT on the course this year.

    “We look forward to continuing to build on good work and foundations already laid in bringing the opportunity to become a fully accredited Advanced Practitioner in SI to even more people worldwide as the programme moves into the online learning space.”

    Well done to everyone who gained Advanced Practitioner status as listed below.

     Atkinson, Carol 
     Jones, Tamsin
     Beck-Harmen, Scarlett  Kirton, Jessica
     Blackman, Marion  Lanigan-O'Keefe, Carolyn
     Boisseau, Morwenna  Loveridge, Andrea
     Broderick, Emer  Makdisi Elias, Lana
     Burgan, Hannah  Mocrei, Emma
     Camilleri, Ema  Moore, Joanna
     Carlier, Gemma  Nicholas, Sarah
     Chamberlain, Vivienne  Pratchett, Sian
     Cormier, Rebecca  Quinn, Jenny
     Curtis, Rachelle  Quinn, Jessica
     Curtis, Simon  Ruttledge, Aideen
     Davie, Amanda
     Skehan, Yifat
     Farrow, Sean  Snowdon, Emma
     Garrity, Sarah  Stokes, Claire
     Griffiths, Susan  Thomas, Angela
     Hazard, Karen  Trudgian, Rachel
     Hazlehurst, Michelle  Veira, Moira
     Hollely-Barik, Miriam  Walsh, Jenny
       Warne, Catherine



  • 16 Sep 2016 18:57 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    The purpose of SI Network Research Grant Awards is to support the development of early career SI researchers by providing financial, recruitment and dissemination support. The aim is to build the skills of those researching SI in order to contribute to the national and international evidence base for SI.

    Update: SI Network Research Grants (Dissemination, MSc & PhD) now include funding for co writers/supervisors to support with for writing for publication.

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  • 16 Sep 2016 18:45 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    Have you previously completed SI Module 2/3 or SI Module 4, or are currently undertaking SI Module 2/3 or SI Module 4? If so, we would be grateful if you could complete a short survey.

    The SI Network are exploring how to best to support to our members who would like to develop their skills and confidence in writing for publication. This includes published abstracts for national/international conferences. To ensure whatever is developed meets the need of our members we would appreciate it if you could complete this survey which will be available until 30 September 2016.

    Thank you for your help.

    Open Survey

  • 16 Sep 2016 15:58 | SIE Support (Administrator)


    Occupational Therapist Band 5 & Band 6

    Lindon Bennett School

    South East

    Speech & Language Therapists Band 5 and Band 6

    Lindon Bennett School

    South East

    Occupational Therapist

    Ministry of Education, Cayman Islands

    George Town, Cayman Islands

    Sensory Integration Practitioner (OT, Physiotherapist or SLT)

    Family Futures CIC

    London

    Paediatric Occupational Therapist

    Children's Therapy Solutions Ltd

    East Midlands

    Speech & Language Therapist, Educational Psychologist and Physiotherapist

    Lotus Medical Clinic

    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    Occupational Therapist

    Sufi School for Special Learners

    Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

    Occupational Therapist

    Child Early Intervention Medical Center

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Paediatric Occupational Therapist

    Beanstalk Children's Therapy

    East of England

  • 02 Sep 2016 09:45 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    SI Network Newsletter 1st September 2016

    Teaching Support & Vestibular Processing

    Among the many ‘awareness’ events taking place during September, are the event-packed Balance Awareness Week (12-18 September) focusing on vestibular disorders, and National Teaching Assistant’s Day (16 September) recognising the valuable contribution Teaching Assistants make to the education and support of children.

    As a new academic year begins, we select features that might interest Teaching Assistants and others, with particular emphasis on vestibular processing.

    On a personal note, as I leave the EmphaSIze editorial role and hand over to the capable new partnership of Kate and Nikki, it is time for me to say ‘Goodbye and Thank You’ to you all.

    Cathy Warne, Editor

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