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East of England
SI Network Newsletter 1st September 2016
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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Three new team members have recently joined the publications team working across EmphaSize and SensorNet, so we thought it was only fair to introduce them and share a little bit more about them.
Sharon Woolf, has been appointed as the Deputy Editor for SensorNet to work alongside editor, Gina Daly. Sharon has had extensive experience working with allied health professionals in her varied career as a trainer. She started her own business 4 years ago which so far has included teaching academic skills, co-production work and supporting students with multiple impairments to achieve their academic goals.
As Sharon is about to reach the half-century milestone, she’s planning to celebrate by running a half marathon!
Kate Bradley and Nikki White are the new co-editors for EmphaSize, as current editor, Cathy Warne steps down in September. We’d like to thank Cathy for her hard work and commitment in the past 14 months.
Kate is currently a Gold Member of the SI Network and she is incredibly passionate about Ayres SI. She’s a dual qualified teacher and occupational therapist. Having just completed her dissertation for her MA in Special and Inclusive Education, she’s just about to start working as an Inclusion Leader in a mainstream school. With love for unusual board-games in her spare time, her latest favourite is Concordia!
OT, Nikki White, has been a member of the Network since 2007 when she completed SI1 and 2, as it was back then. A unique fact about Nikki is that she once auditioned for the BBC programme, Total Wipeout and was successful but the programme was filmed in Argentina and she would have flown back to the UK the day before her wedding. Her then fiancé (now husband), told her not to do it because knowing her level of skill she would come back with a broken leg, so she turned it down!
We hope you’ll join us in welcoming all three to the team and look forward to reading their input to EmphaSize and SensorNet.
Nikki White (left), Sharon Woolf (middle), Kate Bradley (right)
Many adopted, fostered and other permanently placed children have suffered chronic, interpersonal and trauma in the first years of their lives. The concept of ‘complex trauma in children’ helps to understand the overall presentation of these children: their capacity for Attachment, Self-regulation and age appropriate Competencies are more often than not affected by their early life traumas.
The concept of 'complex trauma in children', also called 'developmental trauma', will be presented in a way that allows translation into practice, both with regard to assessments and interventions for these children and their families.
The training will include handouts, illustrative video clips, practical exercises in small groups and time to process and exchange with fellow course attenders.
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We caught up with our two new Sales Managers to find out more about their roles and responsibilities.
Mel has been a member of the Network for a while, she recently left the NHS after 10 years as an OT, to work as a private OT where she currently has a contract with a special school. Mel is a fully qualified OT who has just completed SI2-3. In her spare time she is a keen weightlifter and salsa dancer, based in Derby. When the job advertisement appeared with the Network it was a question of right place, right time.
“I realized it would give me a chance to still keep a hand in clinical role while also trying something new and challenging. After being an OT in the NHS for 10 years I never felt I quite fitted into the NHS model. I am pretty competitive and very passionate about business and wanting to do more. I am in a fantastic position to be able to use my own experiences of training in situations to share my personal story, which I think will help me sell.”
She believes that the biggest thing going for the SI Network it its brand. As she explains. “Its stands us in really good stead, it was always the big thing that appealed to me. When I was looking to do some training, the accreditation of SI Modular Pathway carried a lot of weight. The fact that we offer that and courses for those that want to just dip their toes in is such a strong offer.”
Having worked in sales and marketing running her own School of Sports Massage for over 20 years, Gill brings plenty of commercial skills to the role.
Based in Marlow in Buckinghamshire, Gill will be responsible for looking after the south of the UK and has been tasked with opening doors in large organisations, both private and public sector, for the Network to deliver bespoke training.
Gill joined the Network as a member earlier this year looking for support with her 8-year-old adopted son who has sensory issues through early childhood trauma. She was already exploring movement therapies for her son and found the network was offering training for parents. When the advertisement for the vacancy came through it was a stroke of luck and too good an opportunity to miss.
“The work of the Network is vital to help people understand, train in and receive therapy for sensory integration issues” she says. “I am pleased to be able to use my skill set for such an exciting organisation that also gives me a chance to give something back.”
Exciting times ahead and we watch this space!
Melanie Homan, Sales Manager
Area: Scotland, North & Midlands:
Tel: +44 (0)7835 198155
Gill Tree, Sales Manager
Area: South, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland:
Tel: +44 (0)7783 338114
by Sue Allen, DipCOT, BSc(Hons), MSc(OT)
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