Ayres' Sensory Integration Therapy 

Helping children and adults with SI difficulties

Regional SI Groups and Special Interest Groups for Professionals


Aims

Special interest and regional groups support therapists and other professional members through the development of local networks, which will provide opportunities for sharing research and understanding about Sensory Integration, and promoting excellence in practice.

The aims of the special interest and regional groups include:

  • developing and supporting local networking
  • providing opportunities for members to support each other
  • creating possibilities for peer support and mentoring
  • encouraging review and dissemination of published research and articles of interest
  • sharing of ideas, innovative and emerging best practice

How to start a group

Did you know you can get a grant of £100.00 towards the setting up or running of a local Sensory Integration regional group?

What you have to do:

  • Find a least 5 colleagues who are already SI Network members, additional group members need not be SI Network members.
  • Please complete the registration form for your group.
  • Inform the Regional Group Committee Representative of your group's future or past activities.

What we do:

  • Send you £100.00
  • Publicise your group's activities on the website and in the EmphaSIze Newsletter email

So that the the Network can grow as an organisation, this is a two way relationship. We need members at regional and local levels to work together, to disseminate national and international news, to develop and promote sensory integration practice regionally, support research and clinical audit locally and be available to respond to and help inform national policy development, research and promotion of best practice.

The role of Regional and Local Co-ordinators

All groups will need to identify a co-ordinator, who will help organise local meetings and study days.

  • Setting up dates and venues for the year. (In some groups, the venue stays the same).
  • Co-ordinating the organisation of meetings
  • Communicating with visiting speakers
  • Arranging the years ‘Speaker Schedule’
  • Communicating with all members of the group
  • Communicating the groups activities with other local and regional co-ordinators and with the SI Network
  • Opportunities to hear feedback about recent courses
  • Book, equipment and research article review and feedback
  • Journal club
  • Submitting feedback and meeting dates for publication in Network

SI Groups

West Midlands SI Group

Contact: Marion Rogerson or Alison Double 

Devon and Cornwall SI Group

Contact: Simon Curtis

Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Enfield SI Group

Contact: Fiona Taylor or Sandi O'Neill 
Meetings are held three monthly in Hatfield. Although hosted by Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust, the group is open to any professionals with an interest in Sensory Integration working with adults. Members work with adults with Learning disabilities, mental health and within Older Peoples services.

Middle England SI Group

Contact: Fiona Easom

The next meetings will be:

Wednesday October 11th 2017 - 1pm to 4pm at : High Grange School, Hospital Lane, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 0DR

Tuesday 24th April 2018 – 1pm to 4pm at: Ash Green Learning Disability Service, Ashgate Road, Ashgate, Chesterfield, S42 7JE

Thursday 18th October 2018 -1pm to 4pm at: Rivermead, Unit 1, Goods Road, Belper, DE56 1UU

South Wales and West SI Group

Contact: Beverley Williams

North East SI Group

Contact: Belinda Allman

The group's focus is Adults; CAMHS; Community; In-patient; Learning Disability; Mental Health

North West SI Group

Contact: Sara Kennard

South Coast SI Group

Contact: Neil Catty or Helen Nunn

A welcoming group who meets four times a year to discuss topics related to Sensory Integration, discuss cases, share resources, and look at research or developments in practice. We also host an away day once a year. Anyone welcome with an interest in Sensory Integration. 

Scotland SI Group

We are a group of mainly occupational therapists, (including Advanced SI Practitioners) and some Speech and Language Therapists meeting up to 4 times a year. Clinical areas: Paediatrics, Adult Learning Disability, Adult Mental Health, Adult Autism Services. Why not join our closed Facebook group?

Contact: Catherine Morris

Next meeting: 29 July 2017. 

Hosted by: Catherine Totten.

Address: Wood Conference Suite, Rowanbank Clinic, 133C Balornock Rd., Glasgow, G21 3UL

Meeting times: 11.00am - 2.00pm

If you would like to attend, please register on the SI Network Therapists Scotland Facebook page or contact Catherine Morris for more information. Please bring photographic ID for the reception staff. 

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