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  • 12 Dec 2018 16:05 | Anonymous

    “An International Journey of Innovation, Identification and Intervention in ASI®"

    The countdown has commenced to the International Sensory Integration Congress.  The call for papers is now open, and Dr. Anita Bundy has been announced as Chairperson, with Professor Shelly J. Lane as a keynote speaker.

  • 12 Dec 2018 16:03 | Anonymous

    “Translating Sensory Processing into Quality of Life in Various Environments”

    Call for papers now open, with Dr. Erna Imperatore Blanche, Paivi Danner, and Dr. Sharon Cermak announced as speakers.  

  • 12 Dec 2018 10:29 | Anonymous
    Still stuck for sensory gift ideas? Here are just some of the recommendations made to us by our wonderful delegates at the SIE Autumn Conference...

    playable art lollipop

    Playable Art Lollipopter

    A great fidget toy for tactile and visual feedback.

    LED Message Board

    This colour changing LED message board is a great way to record messages or notes.

    Water Bead Foot Spa

    For a more intense tactile experience, try this water bead foot spa.

    Vestibular Shoes

    Challenge your balance with these intensive vestibular shoes. 

    Black Out Tent

    Use this black out tent as a space to chill out and regulate during the busy Christmas day.

    Indoor Swing

    No need for good weather with this indoor swing.

    Crackling Cooling Foot Spray

    Revive tired feet with this crackling cooling foot spray. 

    Virtual Reality Headset

    Be transported to a new world with this virtual reality headset.

    Sequin Cushions

    Add some Christmas sparkle to your living room with these gorgeously tactile reversible sequin fabric cushions.

    Tic Tac Tongue

    This great family game focuses on oral motor skills in a fun and unique way!

  • 06 Dec 2018 17:37 | Anonymous

    Merry Christmas to all of our readers!  We have lots for you in this month’s edition of EmphaSIze, including some great feedback and content contributions from delegates at the Sensory Integration Education’s Autumn Conference.  We also have the annual return of our “Sensory Christmas Present list” - a firm favourite with our readers.

    Well done to Kate who provided an in depth and clear answer to last month’s question on sleep.  Why not have a look at this month’s question and see if you can help?  Send us your suggestions and you could win a £25 Amazon voucher.


    It's free to read - no need to login.

  • 25 Nov 2018 22:54 | Anonymous
    My name is Stephanie, I’m an occupational therapist and I work in a specialist provision for children and young people with autism. I completed the MSc in Sensory Integration in 2017 and I am currently an e-mentor for module 2. I have attended many courses with the SI Network however this was my first SI conference.

    The day taught me many things, including the importance of co-regulation from Éadaoin Bhreathnach and Chris West during their talk on Sensory Attachment Intervention. It certainly was extraordinary to hear from each speaker the profound effect that the SAI course has had in relation to their own practice. Following this I discovered the ‘Just Right State Programme’ for the first time from Tessa Scully, something I feel would be useful for clients in my current setting.

    In the afternoon Natalie Power articulately and passionately shared her own journey of SI and the impact it has had on work in CAMHS. The talks on using SI from a physiotherapy and speech and language perspective (by Emma Snowdon and Amy Stephens) were both highly engaging and enlightening for me. As the day came to a close, I listened to Sue Delport speak about her national study and the upcoming EASI tool. The future developments in the evidence and quality of assessment in ASI are exciting! 

    Throughout the day I listened and spoke to therapists using sensory integration from different clinical and professional backgrounds the key message that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ kept hitting home and I left feeling informed, inspired and grateful to be part of such a driven community! 

  • 25 Nov 2018 22:51 | Anonymous

    My name is Steph Simpson and I am the proud mother of Thomas who is 7 years old and has Williams Syndrome. By profession I’m a Chartered Engineer and had no awareness of SI, but when Thomas was a baby, I met a new friend at a local Parent and Toddler Group. Although I didn’t know it at the time, she is an SI-qualified OT. This serendipitous friendship was the start of my SI journey. It’s not been a straightforward one, but, in spite of SI Therapy not being commissioned by my local NHS Trust, my Son’s need for a Sensory Diet and weekly SI Therapy now appears in his EHCP. He is happy, he is making good progress at school and life is so much better than it would have been without this essential support.

    Immediately after Thomas’ sensory needs were assessed, we were given a Sensory Diet for him. Simply following this diet made a life-changing difference to my family. I was struck by the enormous impact that even a small amount of SI knowledge could have in the hands of the people who live with and support Thomas. Since then, I have read – lots and I have attended many SI Therapy sessions with my son. It was last year that my friend mentioned the Sensory Integration Education’s Autumn Conference and reassured me that it was indeed for everyone – not just therapists. So I booked my place early and it was well worth the wait.

    In my professional life, I gauge the value of a conference not just by how much I learn on the day, but by how much more I want to learn afterwards. After all, I don’t know what I don’t know until I attend an event like this. The Autumn Conference was simply the most compelling event that I have ever attended. I don’t pretend to have understood every word that I heard, but that’s the fun of it – there is so much more to learn and I came away feeling certain that I should enrol on the Module 1 Course.

    My other reflection is a more melancholy one: Every single day, my family benefits from the world of SI that was only opened to us by a single, chance friendship. In the county where I live, there is no easily accessible means by which other children (or adults) with SI needs can even have these identified, let alone met. Knowledge is truly powerful - it is a catalyst for change - and that is why the work of the SIE is so critically important.

  • 25 Nov 2018 22:47 | Anonymous

    Sensory Integration Education have appointed a new lead for video production to lead on our filming project

    What is the Project?

    Our exciting and ambitious filming project aims to develop a large database of up to date video material that will include therapists and service users talking about experiences and providing advice for our students, lectures on key concepts, as well as assessments and intervention sessions. The video material will be used in our modules and CPD courses to demonstrate practice and support our students to develop clinical reasoning skills.

    Who is our new Lead for Video Production?

    Sensory Integration Education are delighted to welcome Cathy Warne to our online learning team as Lead for Video Production. Cathy is an experienced advanced SI occupational therapist practitioner with a wealth of SI knowledge and skills. She has held a number of other contracts within Sensory Integration Education including EmphaSIze editor where her strong academic and superb time manage skills have been evident.

    Cathy’s role will include sourcing videoing opportunities, managing the process and most importantly supporting practitioners, their clients and our filming team to ensure production of relevant, high quality material is gathered within a safe environment and process.

    How can you get involved?

    If you are interested in becoming part of this project you can find more information about the project, remuneration rates and how to apply here. We also have information for parents / carers here and if you would like to see a copy of our consent form please contact us.

  • 16 Nov 2018 18:25 | Anonymous

    As an organisation, Sensory Integration Education is committed to supporting the development of early career SI researchers by providing financial, recruitment and dissemination support.

    With this goal in mind, we are delighted to announce that we are making £500 bursary awards available for students who have been or who are enrolled on the Ulster University Masters Module in Sensory Integration in the academic year of 2017/18 and/or 2018/19 and who have their abstracts accepted by the ESIC 2019 Scientific Committee. But, hurry, the deadline for submission to ESIC is 10 December.

    ESIC 2019 will focus on how sensory processing translates into everyday activities and quality of life. The ESIC 2019 Scientific Committee has issued a call for individual papers, roundtable submissions and posters.  Proposals are accepted in English and Greek and should address the conference theme.

    Students submitting abstracts must be able to attend the conference, held in Thessaloniki in June 2019, to present their paper in person.

    Students can only submit one paper proposal per individual. Send your proposal (maximum of 250 words) and a one-page CV to: esic2019congress@gmail.com by Monday 10 December 2018.

    To be eligible for the Sensory Integration Education £500 bursary, you must have been or are enrolled on the Ulster University Masters Module in SI in the academic year of 2017/18 and/or 2018/19 AND have your abstract accepted by the ESIC 2019 Scientific Committee.  Successful students should contact support@sensoryintegration.org.uk to apply for the bursary.

    Good luck!


    Thessaloniki, Greece

    20-22 June 2019


    "Translating Sensory Processing into Quality of Life in Various Environments"

    Hosted by: The Hellenic Scientific Society for Sensory Integration

    Venue: Macedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki.

  • 15 Nov 2018 16:20 | Anonymous

    On the 10th November 2018, at Sensory Integration Education’s Autumn Conference, Sue Delport, (EASI Lead for Wales), shared with delegates the latest Update on the EASI Normative Data Collection Project for the UK and Ireland.

    For those unable to attend this event, here is a brief summary of the update, sent out to the Country Leads, from Kath Smith, the Regional Lead for the British Isles EASI INDC Team:

    “The EASI has a strong foundation in the history and research that underpins Ayres' Sensory Integration, with the development of the test being led by Dr Zoe Mailloux, Dr A Jean Ayres’ Research Assistant for the development of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests, published in 1989.

    Like the EASI, the SIPT was developed with reference to an earlier set of tests, these original tests, the Southern Californian Sensory Integration Tests (SCSIT) were Ayres' original tests for identifying sensory integration difficulties.

    Part of the development of the EASI includes the collection of normative data across the globe. This global project includes the establishment of EASI British Isles normative data collection team.

    Currently, research and developments in Ayres' Sensory Integration are very exciting, as a new test the EASI is being developed.

    To date the team have helped to review items in development, creating a social media space to gather therapists trained in or learning ASI from across the UK and Ireland and most recently in developing the British Isles contribution to helping international testers learn the EASI so normative data collection can happen.

    There is a copy of a slide from a presentation by Dr Smith Roley explaining the process of the EASI Test Development. The green arrow indicates where the project is at right now – there is a still a way to go and the test won’t be ready to use until 2020. (Click here for the whole presentation.)

    The EASI Testing Regions for the UK and Ireland have been defined by EU NUTS - https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/nuts/background 

    England - North East
    England - North West
    England - Yorkshire and the Humber
    England - West Midlands
    England - East Midlands
    England - East Anglia
    England - South West
    England - South East
    England - Greater London
    Northern Ireland

    To carry out the data collection in the UK and Ireland, ethics applications are required.

    The process for doing this is underway for Scotland as the first UK region, so that we can then easily replicate this process across the UK. Dr Sinead Rhodes Deputy Director of SMC Research Centre, University of Edinburgh is helping support the project, working with the EASI Lead for Scotland, Amanda Adamson and Kath Smith, Region Lead for UK and Ireland to ensure that the relevant ethics is in place for the project. Dr Helen Lynch is the EASI Lead for Ireland and an ethics application process is also underway for the data collection in Ireland.

    ICO and GDPR require that the data of our volunteers is securely stored and that everyone agrees to receive further emails. Please help us ensure we are GDPR compliant by completing a regional signup here.

    Everyone is welcome, we need people who are familiar with standardised tests, and people who can support the children and families volunteering to be tested – from meeting and greeting, to making cups of tea and entering data. We have a job for anyone who wants to help.

    Please share this link with others who might want to volunteer via the website”.

  • 12 Nov 2018 17:47 | Anonymous

    See our progress against our founding aims and our contribution to this inspiring SI community over the last year, as well as looking forward to our future endeavours in promoting the benefits and practice of Ayres’ Sensory Integration Therapy.

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