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  • 24 Jul 2018 14:50 | Anonymous

    Sensory Integration Education is delighted to announce the appointment of paediatric Occupational Therapist and researcher Lelanie Brewer to the post of Head of Education Programmes. Currently a Senior Lecturer in OT and MSc OT programme lead at Northumbria University, with 13 years’ experience in private and NHS clinical practice, Lelanie will take up the new post in September 2018.

    Lelanie will manage the planning and development of Sensory Integration Education’s postgraduate courses and be responsible for managing the team of lecturers, mentors and supervisors. She will work close closely with our accreditation partner, Ulster University, – on Sensory Integration Education’s unique postgraduate pathway leading to an MSc in Sensory Integration. The position will work in close collaboration and report to the Director of Postgraduate Education, Dr Sylvia Taylor-Goh .

    Lelanie said: “There are currently a lot of exciting developments in Ayres’ Sensory Integration. I am looking forward to working with the team on how we, as an organisation, can contribute to the goals in the Ayres Sensory Integration 2020 Vision and deliver a high quality educational experience that meets the needs of our course participants and the individuals with whom they work. A key priority for me is to ensure that our course standards continue to be outstanding and reflect the latest evidence in the fields of Neuroscience and Sensory Integration.”

    With an impressive track record spanning the UK and USA, Lelanie became a university lecturer full-time in 2014 because of her keen interest in teaching, research and furthering the evidence base for OT. In 2017, she won the award for best lecturer in the student-led teaching awards at Northumbria University.

    Prior to this, Lelanie worked as a children’s occupational therapist in the NHS, charity and private settings since 2000. During this time, she became an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration and spent the majority of her clinical career working with children and young people with sensory integration difficulties.

    Originally qualifying in OT in South Africa, Lelanie gained her MSc in OT at Brunel University, London and is currently in the second year of her part-time PhD study at Newcastle University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Rosalind Rogers, Chair of Sensory Integration Education, said: “This new role cements our commitment to only providing the highest-quality, accredited and evidence-based SI training. We are thrilled to have Lelanie join our team and very much look forward to working with her to deliver some exciting new projects in the coming academic year.”

  • 24 Jul 2018 14:44 | Anonymous

    Researchers have found therapy dogs to be effective in reducing the symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.  See more

  • 23 Jul 2018 14:13 | Anonymous

    A human baby is born with a staggering amount of neurons — somewhere around 100 billion — but they’re not connected yet.  See more

  • 22 Jul 2018 15:03 | Anonymous
     We were very fortunate to be able to attend the very first International Sensory Integration Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, recently. Along with other delegates, we gathered at the southern tip of Africa because of the life and work of Dr. Jean Ayres. Her incredible work has been continued through the efforts of her passionate and dedicated scholars such as Dr. Susanne Smith-Roley, Dr. Zoe Mailloux, Dr. Roseann Schaaf and Dr. Diane Parham, who were the four keynote speakers at the conference. Her scholars have knocked down those ivory towers and combined their research with clinical work and are working towards Ayres Sensory Integration 2020 vision.  

    The year 2020 marks what would have been the 100-year birthday of Dr. A. Jean Ayres.  In commemoration of this milestone, the following vision is proposed: Ayres Sensory Integration will have a strong, international presence with demonstrated scholarship, means for valid, comprehensive assessment and pathways for training to ensure the ongoing development, standards of excellence and effective implementation of this important work.

    Dr. Ayres documented the importance of the flow of sensation in everyday life. When there is flow in our lives, we experience a sense of harmony to connect, learn and grow. We mention this as the congress allowed us to stop, breath, think and reflect on what we do as SI OT’s, something that neither of us have much time to do in our day to day lives.  The magical thing about being able to stop, breath, think and reflect is that we did so with our fellow SI practitioners from all over the world.  Each one bringing their unique experience, knowledge, wisdom and energy.

    We were truly inspired by the conference, by the passion that was shared by us all regarding SI, by the wealth of knowledge, the research and review of the scientific evidence for relationships that Dr. Ayres established between neurophysiological processes, the connection between sensory processing and integration and emotions, behaviour and learning.

    This inspiration and the ASI 2020 vision, coupled with the captivating charm, wine in abundance and beauty of Cape Town, left us feeling rejuvenated and energised. We came home feeling blessed to be SI OT’s with a network of truly amazing colleagues all around the world and looking forward to being part of the team for the ASI 2020 vision.  However, the absolute highlight of our trip was during the Gala dinner and dancing to the YMCA with Susanne Smith-Roley!!!  

    Vicky Ruffle and Vanessa Southgate

  • 22 Jul 2018 15:00 | Anonymous

    Alison Harris, Consultant Occupational Therapist and Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration, kindly shared her reflections and key learning points from the first international Sensory Integration Congress (ISIC), which was hosted in Cape Town, South Africa.

    It was a marvellous experience to be able to attend the conference, surrounded by so many enthusiastic delegates. It is humbling to hear about the efforts therapists are making globally to provide therapy across huge areas of socio-economic deprivation, and to see single delegates, attending from African countries, who are so keen to share their knowledge and learn.

    My highlights amongst so many wonderful presentations were:

    Davor Duic’s presentation about Animal Assisted ASI in Croatia – using his fabulous dogs to engage and motivate children in their sessions – maintaining fidelity to ASI but also pushing boundaries to further develop wonderful possibilities. Seeing these lovely animals sit with children on platform swings, or even laying ‘on’ them to provide deep pressure was joyous and touching; the large therapy centre where this takes place is free to access and government-funded, which gives much food for thought!

    I was excited to hear Dr Zoe Mailloux’s update on Ayres 2020 Vision with tantalising glimpses of information about the forthcoming EASI. The work being done is truly extraordinary and forward-thinking. Access to the test will be at no cost other than to provide the 3D printed materials and to gather easily and typically accessed items. What a refreshing change in the implementation of a worldwide standardised test! It was also great to see the innovations planned – of using shapes attached to drinking bottles for oral praxis and simplified ways of working with no more balancing a screen in one hand and trying to present test materials with the other!

    Perhaps the most inspiring of all for me, was Janine van der Linde’s talk about SI in low socio-economic environments. In South Africa, the most wonderful play areas were being constructed – from old tyres, recycled bottles, timber – with the community getting involved to dig and form hills, balance challenges and provide wonderful sensory experiences for the children, without needing to seek out expensive equipment. It was a lesson in what can be done when there is motivation and free thinking.

    The conference was closed by the much-loved Suzanne Smith-Roley – whose emotional thanks touched everyone. She gave encouragement for us all to persist in showing the world the possibilities of sensory integration and not to be deterred from our end goal.

    With so much evidence of the efficacy of sensory integration available and in the pipeline, there is no excuse for us as clinicians not to persist in the difficult UK climate, where funding and commissioning are often highly challenging. We have an amazing worldwide family of SI therapists are working hard to raise awareness and the conference has certainly bolstered my determination to provide the right evidence to help children achieve their potential in life. Thank you SAISI for the wonderful congress organisation and for sharing the beauty of Cape Town.

  • 22 Jul 2018 14:07 | Anonymous

    Doctors should prescribe gardening far more often for patients with cancer, dementia and mental health problems, the NHS has been urged in a new report.  See more

  • 22 Jul 2018 14:01 | Anonymous

    As a parent, there’s no greater happiness than seeing your children playing contentedly together. No bickering, no snatching, no pushing, no s’not fair’ whining and competing for parents’ divided attention, just lost in play and enjoying each other’s company. Bliss!  See more

  • 18 Jul 2018 13:57 | Anonymous

    Neuroscientist John Gabrieli uses brain imaging to discover key differences in children with dyslexia that could point to new interventions.  See more

  • 17 Jul 2018 13:34 | Anonymous

    There may be some truth to the saying 'getting up on the wrong side of the bed,' according to researchers who say starting your morning by focusing on how stressful your day will be may be harmful to your mindset throughout the day.  See more

  • 17 Jul 2018 13:03 | Anonymous

    It’s time that we stop thinking about conditions like ADHD and autism as ‘disabilities’ and recognize them as valuable pieces of humanity’s neurodiversity.  See more

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