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SI Network Newsletter 1st July 2016
Summer Time Challenges
The sun is shining (sometimes!) and a summer of outdoor activities, outings and travel is upon us.
This month we consider summer-oriented needs relating to sensory processing such as sensory friendly days out, autism friendly airports, rough guides to accessible places, and sun cream advice. In the articles, we take a look at a Position Statement regarding the importance of outdoor play in child development, and take a closer look at the vestibular system. Books consider interoception, and SPD in teens. There is also news from the Global network, and we look at what some SI Network members are getting up to away from the workplace.
We wish you all a happy summer.
Cathy Warne, Editor
Course Content Lead
Meet Penny Stewart. She is the Content Development Lead, overseeing the development of new online course content for the SI Network. Penny is working alongside Kath Smith (Director of Learning & Development) and an editorial team who are responsible for writing the content.
Penny previously worked at London South Bank University for 12 years, where she developed an interest in supporting e-learning and putting content of courses online. During this time she gained experience in reviewing taught content of courses and considering how this can be transformed to support students learning online.
She has developed expertise in working with virtual learning environments such as Moodle and Blackboard as well as using software to create online course presentations. Talking about the Learning Management System (LMS) and software the SI Network is using for this project, Penny says 'Learning Cart will be an effective platform where people will be able to select courses relevant to them. In addition Articulate Storyline provides us the opportunity to deliver interactive and intuitive courses facilitating an engaging learning experience for our students'.
She says students will not find a bullet-point laden presentation - the learning will include audio-visual content with engaging animations and images. The software can be used on a range of different devices, ensuring the courses are flexible and portable enough to be used anywhere there is internet access.
Penny says the team creating the SI Network online content represent a diverse range of professional groups and clinical experience:
'We are drawing on the experience of our members and lecturers to create unique courses, with content that is relevant to therapists working in a range of settings. Students will be able to navigate through the courses and select content that is relevant to their area of professional practice'.
Penny says the SI Network's online courses will be perfect for those who want to be in control of their own learning and study at a pace that suits them.
Advanced SI Practitioner, Lelanie Brewer, is seeking to develop a new Regional Group in the North East. If you wish to join, please contact Lelanie through the North East Regional Facebook page.
It is great to know that the SI community is growing and peer support is being facilitated in both virtual and face-to-face environments. If you would like to develop a group in your area and help us build a vibrant SI community of like-minded therapists, please see here.
PHBs and the SI Network
Did you know that people who use their own money to employ carers, and people who receive Personal Health Budgets or Direct Payments for care, can apply for funding to cover the cost of care related training for themselves and a personal assistant? This could be a great way to fund attendance on a course run by the SI Network UK & Ireland.
Down to Earth
We are pleased to see that Major Tim Peake has safely returned from the International Space Station. Following the 'best ride ever', experiencing gravity for the first time in six months, phenomenal speed, and feeling the weight of his body again, Major Peake's first comments, as he sat squinting in the sun, were about sensory awareness: how strong the smells of earth were to him, how good the fresh air, and how he would "love some cool rain right now". He later described 'dizziness and vertigo any time I move my head', as the vestibular system readjusted. Libby Jackson from the UK Space Agency said that astronauts returning to earth experience "everything you remember about earth, but 100 times sweeter".
- Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years.
Carol Kranowitz and Lucy Jane Miller
The long-awaited follow-up to the million-copy bestseller 'The Out-of-Sync Child,' presents information and advice for tweens, teens, and young adults living with Sensory Processing Disorder, and their parents.
Temperature changes in the summer can have an effect on interoception. This recently published book describes the clear link between interoception and many important skills such as self-awareness, self-regulation, problem solving, intuition, in people with ASD.
While away a dull summer day colouring these summer and floral scenes. Designed for relaxation and to reflect your mood, this ‘Google Best app’ can also benefit planning skills, fine motor movements and visual feedback.
Another much viewed post is a link to a magazine article on the benefits of yoga for children with sensory challenges. Those interested in this may also like to look at our current SensorNet magazine, featuring a therapist’s story of combining an SI approach to yoga.
Advanced SI Practitioner, Sian Lloyd Pratchett, and her husband have turned budget football fandom into a colouring challenge, and ultimately a fundraising activity. Perhaps you might like to emulate the self-titled ‘Panini Cheapskates’ for a wet weather activity?
The College of Occupational Therapists have extended their deadline for abstracts for their conference to 1st August - so there is still time to showcase how SI is being applied to practice for people with learning disabilities.
Take a comfy break wherever you go this summer, or give the children an SI-challenging play item with this wind-filled portable lilo-style seat. Ideal for delivering SI on the move, this can be used for proprioceptive-rich, deep tactile and linear vestibular activities.
People with tactile sensitivities can benefit from extra consideration regarding sun protection, so they can spend sensory-rich time having fun in the sun. This sun cream is mild and designed for sensitive skin.
Sensory-Friendly Days Out
The National Autistic Society provide a nationwide A-Z of days out suitable for people with ASD and SPD.
Mark S. Tremblay, Casey Gray, Shawna Babcock, Joel Barnes, Christa Costas Bradstreet, Dawn Carr, Guylaine Chabot, Louise Choquette, David Chorney, Cam Collyer, Susan Herrington, Katherine Janson Ian Janssen, Richard Larouche, William Pickett, Marlene Power, Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter, Brenda Simon, Mariana Brusson, and William Toscano - Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Jun; 12(6): 6475–6505 - Published online 2015 Jun 8. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120606475
A Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play was created in response to practitioner, academic, legal, insurance and public debate, on the relative benefits and harm of active outdoor play. Created in Canada, it states: “Access to active play in nature and outdoors—with its risks— is essential for healthy child development. We recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings—at home, at school, in child care, the community and nature.” 95% of people and organisations consulted agreed with the statement.
Florian Soyka, Heinrich H. Bülthoff, Michael Barnett-Cowan - PLoS One, 31 Aug 2015, Vol. 10 (8), pp. e0136925.
Summer is a time when children are more likely to spend time in play parks, swinging from trees and gaining lots of vestibular input. This article investigated the working of the vestibular receptors for specific movements, concluding “that information from the two organs is integrated”.
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