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From the Editor:
As I write this, I am still on a high from the many wonders of ESIC 2015. I hope that those of you who attended ESIC 2015, or viewed it online, will feel this too. We were wowed by inspirational speakers, developments in work settings and research, as well as poster presentations, equipment and resources.
Speakers demonstrated how SI can be delivered for the benefit of an ever broadening clientele, in any setting, through creativity and innovation; and how the SI research-base is ever strengthening. Sponsors’ exhibitions gave us the opportunity to look at and try out a range of equipment and books, both new and familiar. We were updated on progress towards the Ayres 2020 Vision; and a call went out for more people, in more countries, to become involved.
The SI Network UK & Ireland launched a book, “Life Changing Learning through Sensory Integration” and new initiatives called ‘Sensory Live’ and the ‘No1therapist’. Meanwhile, 255 delegates from 23 countries had the opportunity to meet, share knowledge, establish connections, and to enthuse one another.
The Thursday workshops provided the opportunity for delegates to learn directly from some of the world leading SI therapists: Zoe Mailloux, Roseann Schaaf, Diane Parham and Tina Champagne.
This month’s EmphaSIze focuses on Trauma and Attachment. Neuroscience has demonstrated that, when a person experiences extreme trauma, this can impact use of the higher, thinking functions of the brain, fight / fright / flight behaviours can dominate, and trauma can be ‘held’ in the body. Sensory Integration informed approaches have been found to really help this client group to recover.
This edition has been enriched by ideas drawn, in part, from Tina Champagne’s workshop and Eadaoin Bhreathnach’s presentations at ESIC 2015. I hope you find it interesting and useful.
The ESIC baton has been handed to Elizabeth Soechting from Austria as we look forward to ESIC 2017 “Integrating Research with Practice” in Vienna (June 1-3 2017). We hope to see you there!
You can now see two more ESIC 2015 presentations on video:
Keynote by Dr Eynat Gal - The Meaning and Implication of Sensory Experiences for Participation: The Voice of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Presentation by Dr Annemarie Lombard - Sensory processing and performance of adults in the workplace.
If you attended the congress, accessed the webcast or have already purchased the videos, then you can see the new presentations without additional charge by accessing the link already provided.
If you missed ESIC 2015, you can access 20 videos of the presentations delivered in the Great Hall, 36 pdf presentation slides, plus 21 pdf posters for only £24.99.
See more information in our webshop here.
The burning issue at the Congress was the growing body of evidence to support Ayres Sensory Integration being an evidence based practice, whilst at the same time the effectiveness of Ayres Sensory Integration keeps being called into question. The expert keynote speakers and therapists attending ESIC were on the front-foot when it came to presenting a strong case for ASI:
Professor Roseann Schaaf of Thomas Jefferson University led the pro evidence argument, announcing, “We have it!” She went on to demonstrate how a recent study, led by herself and Dr Zoe Mailloux into Occupational Therapy using Ayres Sensory Integration for children with autism, meets the criteria for an evidence-based practice according to the PRISMA guidelines (Adopted by the American Journal of Occupational Therapy), The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Council for Exceptional Children.
Professor Schaaf says:
”We need to get this kind of recognition from individuals outside and within the profession who’ve been questioning the value and efficacy of ASI. So I think it is a huge leap forward.”
Mag. Elisabeth Soechting, co-founder and President of the Austrian SI organisation GSIOe and PhD student at the University of Vienna, then unveiled her incisive review of studies into the effectiveness of ASI between 2007 and 2013. She found that three studies fulfilled the requirements of a Randomised Control Trial and that many more showed supportive evidence based practice for ASI. Elisabeth also discovered that over 50% of the studies that claimed to be evaluating SI, were in fact looking at sensory approaches, such as sensory rooms and did not employ ASI therapy: that is following Ayers principles as set out in the Fidelity Measure (2007).
Building on the identified need for more research of good quality, the SI Network took the opportunity to announce a series of research grant awards with a total value of £20,000.
Gemma Cartwright, the SI Network’s Research Development Director, says:
“Our challenge is to develop the evidence base for Ayres’ Sensory Integration including sensory strategies prescribed following a thorough assessment (Data Driven Decision Making Process (2104)). Doing this will help raise awareness, shape training and education programmes and ensure therapeutic interventions are accessible and available to any individual who may benefit. Without demonstrating ASI is a cost effective approach, with an ever increasingly robust evidence base, the application of ASI as an approach and an effective intervention will continue to be in question.”
For more information about the research grants please see here.
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Sensory Integration is based on the pioneering work of occupational therapist Dr A. Jean Ayres, diagnosing, treating and supporting those with sensory integration challenges. These difficulties can occur in combination with other diagnoses - including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit, Learning Disabilities, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, (DCD/Dyspraxia), Mental Health and Regulatory Disorders including attachment disorder, self- harm, personality and anxiety.
Sensory Integration Network is the leading membership body and training organisation of Ayres' Sensory Integration in the UK & Ireland. The Sensory Integration Network professionally, sustainably and tenaciously campaigns for the needs of people who require sensory integration interventions and the therapists that deliver them. A not-for-profit organisation, the SI Network promotes the theory and practice of Ayres' Sensory Integration and provides courses including Master’s accredited training for therapists (OT/PT and SALT) in collaboration with Ulster University.
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