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  • 22 Feb 2016 11:15 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    Summary: This 2 day course explores using Ayres sensory integration therapy with children with autistic spectrum disorder.  

    Audience: The course is aimed at Occupational Therapists.    

    Length: 2 days - Registration will start from 8:45am. Course will start at 9.00am and finish at 4.30pm    


    Silver/Gold Member £370
    Bronze Member Fee: Plus 25% or upgrade to paid membership
    Instalment plan option available (4 x monthly payments of £92.50)
    A light lunch is included. Accommodation is not included.

    Elisabeth Soechting - Occupational therapist, psychologist, PhD candidate; docent for the University of Southern California and the Austrian SI association GSIÖ; advanced practice certificate "Emerging as Leaders in Autism Research and Intervention" at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia (2012)

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  • 10 Feb 2016 14:58 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    Cerebral palsy describes a group of permanent disorders of the development of movement and posture causing activity limitation, resulting from changes in the brain before or during birth or in the child’s early years. Causes include accident, injury or infection. Cerebral Palsy is registered in approximately 3 in 1000 live births in developed countries. Approximately 10% of cases arise later.

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently developing guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Cerebral Palsy (see Resources). In its draft scoping document Sensory ‘disturbances’ are noted, and among the interventions recognised is, “managing difficulties associated with the processing of sensory and perceptual information in children and young people with cerebral palsy”.

    Because this is such an important area of emerging practice, in this month’s EmphaSIze we explore somatosensory, tactile, visual and vestibular processing in Cerebral Palsy in the selected articles. Featured equipment considers the impact of movement and tactile sensations on attention, and having opportunities for movement.

    The apps include a virtual rollercoaster ride, shape drawing, a game, and a musical morning routine. Books include Sensory Stories, a text book, facts about Cerebral Palsy, and a novel about a boy with Cerebral Palsy.

    Editor: Cathy Warne

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  • 06 Jan 2016 16:18 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    The Sensory Integration Network UK & Ireland is delighted to welcome Dr. Sylvia Taylor-Goh to its Board of Directors, in the pivotal role of Director of Postgraduate Education.

    Dr. Taylor-Goh brings to the Board her experience in postgraduate and post-registration health education from a range of higher education settings and in a variety of roles. In addition, her PhD advancing knowledge of AHP clinical decision making (King’s College London), will inform how one understands the development of students as ASI practitioners across the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/Masters courses in Sensory Integration.

    As Director of Postgraduate Education, Dr. Taylor-Goh will lead a team of experienced and highly reputable clinical specialists in the area of Ayres Sensory Integration. She will be responsible to the Board for the planning, development and implementation of all of Sensory Integration Network’s postgraduate university accredited courses. She will work in collaboration with Ulster University, to deliver a high quality postgraduate, post registration, education programme and enrich the experience and learning of all SI Network students on accredited courses.

    Dr. Taylor-Goh’s significant clinical, educational and publishing profile, combined with a strong interpersonal style, will also promote the overall work of the Sensory Integration Network.

    She says, "I am delighted to be joining the board of the SI Network UK and Ireland. In my new role as Director of Postgraduate Education my aim is to promote excellence in both the provision and delivery of the post graduate courses and ensure relevance to clinical practice”

  • 01 Jan 2016 11:30 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    EmphaSIze Newsletter January 2016 - Eating Difficulties

    Happy New Year

    Eating and drinking are necessary aspects of daily life, and for many of us are enjoyable and culturally important activities too. For some people with sensory integration difficulties however, and also for their families and carers, mealtimes can be extremely stressful. See more.

    With assistance from contributors to the Sensory Integration Network Feeding Difficulties Facebook page, this month we feature books that help problem solve mealtime struggles, two mealtime stories, articles that explore various sensory aspects of eating and drinking, apps that encourage experimentation with a wider range of food, some specialist equipment and some novelty items to help make mealtimes more enjoyable.

    Editor: Cathy Warne

    See more: EmphaSIze Newsletter January 2016 - Eating Difficulties

    Join the SI Network for free: http://www.sensoryintegration.org.uk/join

  • 22 Dec 2015 17:52 | SIE Support (Administrator)

     A one day practical guide for parents - promoting sensory integration and development through play and participation.

     Audience:  Open to all
     Length:  1 day - Registration will open at 9.15 am for a 9.30 am start. The course will finish at 4:30 pm.
     Fee:  Fee: £150 
     Includes FREE Bronze annual membership
     Instalment plan option available (2 x monthly payments of £75.00)
     A light lunch is included. Accommodation is not included.
     Lecturer:  Kath Smith, BSc OT, MBAOT, MOTIPP  Consultant Occupational Therapist 

    • Learn about the power of sensory integration.
    • Understand how the senses promote development and participation.
    • Consider how the senses underpin movement, emotional regulation, social communication and thinking skills.
    • Explore ways to enhance development and learning through the senses in play.


    Parenting through the Senses is an innovative combination of a crash course on the neuroscience of the brain, interactive group learning and support. It offers parents and carers the opportunity to learn together about how the brains’ ability to take in, process, integrate and respond to sensory inputs that are critical to everyday life and well-being. Group work will provide time to talk, share fears whilst generating new ideas and solutions to the challenges of everyday life.

    While discovering their own unique sensory preferences, parents and carers will be learning to understand their children’s behaviours in terms of the neuroscience of development, attachment and play with clear underpinning in the theory of sensory integration; helping parents feel comfortable advocating about and creatively meeting their children’s and family's sensory needs, exploring practical ideas and ways to do this at home, school and out and about.

    Date: 27th February 2016

    Venue: London

    Fee: £150

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  • 18 Nov 2015 13:01 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    SI Module 4 is the final hurdle of the SI Modular Pathway to achieve that long-awaited Advanced Practitioner status.

    Back in September, we took the opportunity at the ESIC Friday night dinner, to make a moment of professional celebration for the new graduates who this year successfully completed module 4 of the SI Network Modular Pathway.

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

    Jo Elliott, Susan Brown, Gina Daley, Laura Graham, Lynn Herbert, Jannine Laverie, Julie Martell, Nicole Southon and Jane Woodburn all managed to attended the ESIC dinner to collect their certificates and they received huge applause from all of the congress delegates.

    A couple of the girls were also acknowledged for their outstanding results on the course: Susan Brown received the Postgraduate Certificate award for the highest marks across modules 1 and 2/3. Whilst Gina Daly (also a newly appointed SensorNet editor) received the Postgraduate Diploma award for highest marks across all 4 modules and the research modules.

    Unfortunately, not all the graduates could make it to the event but of course we couldn’t forget you, so congrats to you all as well!

    • Amanda (Sharon) Brown
    • Melissa L Bautista
    • Tracey Berresford
    • Audrey Bullock
    • Sheeba Devendran
    • Elaine Doyle 
    • Melanie Elliott
    • Nicola Ford
    • Helen Gilbert
    • Christine Heasman
    • Anne-Laure Jackson
    • Norma-Eve Koopman
    • Eavan McCrudden
    • Orla McDonagh
    • Joan Medland
    • Kate Moss
    • Emma Parrott
    • Natalie Power
    • Mpho R Rabasha
    • Kathryn Rowley
    • Emma Shedlow
    • Beth Smart

    Well done to everyone for putting in such hard work this year!

    Next stop the Postgraduate Diploma…?

  • 11 Nov 2015 20:34 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    The latest issue of SensorNet is now available to download from our website.

    You will need to log in to our website to access it.

    Please feel free to pass on this email to friends or colleagues who can now join the SI Network for free to access SensorNet.

    SensorNet 45 includes:

    • A letter from the Chair of the Sensory Integration Network which includes a recap from all the action at ESIC.
    • An interview with Dr Zoe Mailloux and Professor Roseann Schaaf who recently launched their new textbook entitled: A Clinicians Guide to Implementing Ayres Sensory Integration.
    • A personal story from the Vardarci family.
    • A visual summary from the 4th European Sensory Integration Conference which was held in Birmingham in September.
    • An interview with Professor Diane Parham with advice for therapists regarding assessment for children under and over 5 years of age.
    • A mindful project: Dr Greg Kelly and Monique Harte talk to SensorNet about introducing mindfulness to teaching.
    • An update about the ASI 2020 Vision.
    • Part two of Dr Greg Kelly's review on forty years of Sensory Integration in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy.
    • Lecture notes from Susanne Smith Roley's "Supporting Infant and Child Development" course.
    • Gemma Cartwright, Director of Researcher Development, provides us with an update on the recent Sensory Integration research from across the lifespan.

    Remember that the easy click-on links in the magazine will put you directly in touch with the editorial team and we welcome feedback and ideas for future editions.

    Kind regards

    The Sensory Integration Network Editorial Team

  • 02 Nov 2015 10:50 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    Have you completed an SI related Research Project, Clinical Audit, Service Evaluation or a Literature Review? Would you like to become part of an SI Research network sharing findings, articles, support to others researching similar things. The Researcher Support Committee will hold a central database of this research activity to develop links for current and future SI researchers.

    Let us know about your SI research and findings by completing this short online form.

  • 31 Oct 2015 13:07 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    The SI Network is excited to announce that its in-depth online magazine SensorNet is being made available to all, for free! 

    SensorNet is now an open access magazine, published three times a year. Under the guidance of new editor, Gina Daly, SensorNet will reflect the latest global developments in Ayres SI and feature increased content and focus from all over the world.

    The SI Network views making SensorNet more widely available as an important milestone in fulfilling its aim of raising awareness of Ayres Sensory Integration and providing trusted, quality assured information on SI. This will help to develop, grow and disseminate the evidence base, inform and influence decision-makers and enable service users to continue to receive the support they need.

    All SI Network Bronze, Silver and Gold members can access all issues of SensorNet here. (Login required)

    You can also share the magazine's valuable content free of charge with your wider networks locally, nationally and internationally, by inviting them to join as SI Network Bronze members.

    The next issue of SensorNet is due out on 11th November 2015 and will feature an in- depth review of the 4th European Sensory Integration Congress held in Birmingham in September.

    Existing Silver and Gold SI Network members will continue to receive additional benefits. These include “paid member only” resources on the website, 25% discount off training courses and the 10% discount from the web shop. You can find out more about each of the different categories of membership here.

  • 28 Oct 2015 19:37 | SIE Support (Administrator)

    At ESIC 2015, Dr Greg Kelly (Course Director of the SI course at Ulster university) showcased his fascinating new tool for his students that he has called ‘Brain+’. 

    Brain+ in Laymen’s terms is essentially an online learning tool created for students at Ulster University on the SI Modular Pathway, who struggle with the complex neuroscience side of the SI course. As it is an interactive learning method, the hope is that it will simplify the trickier parts of the course whilst making it more enjoyable to learn. 

    It allows students to take a 3D journey through the brain and central nervous system to gain a clear visual of its structure, whilst applying context of the neuroscience of sensory integration behind it. 

    In total Brain+ has five main sections, including two sections where students can rotate and watch instructional videos to explore the brain and central nervous system which is a sensory processing section. These videos put the tricky neuroscience in context with sensory integration via a scrolling online lecture. 

    Along with the 3D brain models online, there are hands-on group tasks where students work in teams to build models of the CNS. By providing a variety of learning strategies through different forms, Dr Kelly is able to meet the needs of different students and their learning styles. 

    Once the students have completed the core part of Brain+, there is a quiz worth 30% of their module mark to test them on how much of their new found knowledge they have absorbed! 

    The tool is currently only available to students through Blackboard which students can easily access on all devices including PCs, tablets and mobile phones.  However, Dr Kelly hopes to make it more readily available from other mediums such as the SI Network website very soon… Watch this space! 

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