Sensory Integration for Mental Health and Wellbeing


Summary: Promoting Participation in Daily Life - Adolescents, Adults & Older Adults in Mental Health and Learning Disability Services including forensic and secure settings. From 16 to 60 and beyond. The application and practice of Ayres' Sensory Integration with adolescents, adults and older adults. Conversely, creating the right sensory environments and supporting people to get their sensory needs met appropriately means that they are able to think, learn, remember and communicate more easily.

Come and find out more about the clinical application of sensory integration theory and sensory approaches in acute and secure settings for those working with adolescents, adults and older adults.
Audience: Open to all
Length: 2 days - Registration will open at 9:00 am for a 9.15 am start. The course will finish at 5:00 pm.
Fee: Gold and Silver Member Fee: £398 (Instalment plan option available)
Bronze Member Fee: £530.67
A light lunch is included. Please let us know if you have a food allergy. Accommodation is not included.
Lecturer: Experienced Sensory Integration Education lecturers who are all practising therapists.
What shall I bring? A laptop or tablet so you can view the electronic manual during the course.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at therapists working with adolescents, adults and older adults.

Sensory Integration: It’s not just for children

“Because humans are sensory beings and sensation is inherent in all occupations, the sensory integration framework is relevant to occupational therapy practice beyond pediatrics.” Sensory Integration: It’s Not Just for Children - AOTA -SIS Quarterly - December 2006

“Sensations are ‘food’ or nourishment for the nervous system, the brain needs continuous variety of sensory nourishment to develop and then to function.” Ayres 1979

“The essence of being human is embedded in the sensory events of our everyday lives.” Dunn 2001

Day 1

Setting the Scene:

  • Explore and consider Ayres' sensory integration and it’s application with adolescents, adults and older adults
  • Consider evidence from Ayres' sensory integration and neuroscience.
  • We will do this using clients stories and case study.
  • What’s different? What’s the same? - Working across the ages with Ayres SI
Consider and explore different presentations:
  • Stages of presentation
  • Referral reasons
  • Commissioning service drivers
  • Assessment
Using video and case study, we will present a range of assessment methods used within these different clinical populations including:
  • Use of standardised and norm referenced assessment tools from SI and beyond
  • Clinical observations from Ayres' SI
  • Unstructured observations
  • Importance of interview and narrative alongside client psycho-education.
  • Whilst emphasising clinical reasoning based in Ayres' SI, we will present and explore how to combine and use Ayres' SI alongside other psychological approaches exploring the supporting neuroscience - defining the differences and similarities.

Day 2

Why SI and how do we know it can make a difference?


We will make clear links to occupation, function and participation, in considering how to measure the impact of Ayres' SI interventions within this client population.

Using case study and research we will explore the selection of outcome measures and how to use the results to:
  • Motivate clients and maintain therapeutic engagement
  • Educate and influence others in the multidisciplinary team
  • Drive service delivery and design SI.
  • This will be done with reference to WHO, European Healthcare Delivery Directives and Fidelity to Ayres' SI.
Intervention approaches

Using case studies and video we will consider environmental affordances across a range of treatment settings – from hospital or home (secure/forensic/community/clinic).

We will present and explore equipment restrictions and opportunities with these settings, and across the ages from adolescents to adults and older adults, considering possibilities to be found in community resources.

You will consider and plan how to action and implement your learning over the last 2 day into clinical practice.

How to book a place

Click on the link below for your preferred date/venue and complete the booking form which will open in a new window. Bookings must be made in the name of the person attending the course including their own email address. On booking, you will receive an invoice within 2 working days. Payment is required within 30 days or prior to the course start date, whichever is soonest. Please see our booking terms and conditions for more information.

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Can I reserve a place?

We are unable to reserve places. 

Cancellation insurance

Sensory Integration Education strongly advises that participants arrange cancellation insurance to cover unforeseen events such as illness, unfavourable weather, or cancellation of a course for which travel and accommodation costs have been incurred.

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Sensory Integration Education, Old Breedon School, 8 Reading Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7LY, UK

We are a not for profit organisation. SI Network (UK & Ireland) Ltd trading as Sensory Integration Education. Established 1994.

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