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SI Network Newsletter 1st October 2016
Strictly Sensory Integration
Welcome to October’s newsletter!
Kate and I are the new co-editors and are very excited to be bringing you all the latest news and resources from the SI Network. To meet us and see what we look like waltz over to the website. Speaking of waltzing, we hope all our UK readers are enjoying the latest TV series of Strictly Come Dancing? Watching the grace and fluidity of movement of the dancers we are in awe of the amazing levels of sensory integration they have (or in some cases the lack of it!).
For those with Dyspraxia, coordinating every day movements must feel a bit like trying to master the complex moves of the Argentine Tango, or perhaps the jive, on a daily basis. Find out more here. October 9-15th is Dyspraxia Awareness Week so this month we are bringing you both dance and praxis resources to reflect these events. The combination of music and movement that dancing provides, gives not only sensory and physical input, but mental benefits too. It can therefore be an important coping tool for some living with mental illness - a topic observed annually on 10th Oct on World Mental Health Day.
Kate Bradley and Nikki White
More graduates complete the SI Modular Pathway programme
Congratulations to the 40 Advanced SI Practitioners from the class of 2015-16 who have successfully completed Module 4 of the SI Modular Pathway, in association with Ulster University. Special congratulations for their outstanding performance go to Giannella Attard (PGCert) and Ciara Feehan (PGDip).
Spot the Editor!
For those taking SI Module 2/3 later on this month, watch out for the purple hair! Nikki is going to be there so please come and say 'Hi' if you’re planning to attend!
Come and say hello at The OT Show 22-23 November
Visitors to our stand (H25) in the main arena can come and meet the team and find out more about the SI Online programmes for 2017 onwards. To make the most of your visit use the interactive timetable to plan. For example the Paediatric Trail is a programme full of relevant CPD opportunities, as well as an exhibitor list dedicated to paediatric products and services.
A parent’s journey with the SI Network
Last month saw the launch of a new workshop, Eating Made Easier - The Sensory Way, aimed at parents and other healthcare and teaching professionals working with children who are sometimes described as “picky eaters”. The course was the first of its kind to be jointly crafted and delivered by a Director and Consultant Occupational Therapist, Kathryn Smith, and SI Network's first Parent Lecturer, Sarah Chierico. Delivering the course is one part of Sarah's journey to raise awareness of the help and support that parents need from local services.
Does an athlete’s highly tuned sensory motor abilities give them an edge?
As Strictly welcomes two Olympian’s this year, will Greg Rutherford and Claudia Fragapane have an edge over the other contestants with their enhanced gross motor skills, proprioceptive and vestibular processing and body scheme?
Interesting article exploring the link between rhythm and neural pathways for language development.
P-A-R-T….Y? Because it’s school!!
Great article highlighting the impact dance and music has on the developing brain. Written by teachers for teachers, it highlights the benefits of using dance and music in the classroom to assist learning.
ASI 2020 Vision
Get involved with the latest news, information and inspiration from the Ayres 2020 Vision community.
European SI Congress 2017
Keep up to date with preparations for the European SI Congress in Vienna next year by visiting ESIC2017 or the Facebook page.
Dancing with Dyspraxia: a Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers
Carr, H (2008)
A book written by the mother of a child with dyspraxia. The author aims to answer questions parents and professionals may have and provide practical tips for managing the condition on a day to day basis. See more
The Kinesthetic Classroom Teaching and Learning through movement
Lengel, T et al (2010)
Another practical book on advice on integrating movement into the classroom. The authors advocate that movement is not just for the PE lesson, but should be integrated into all lessons to assist with learning. See more
The Next Step Dance Academy- Learn to dance like a pro and work on your gross motor skills. Apple
My Little Yoga For Kids
Simple games and poses to introduce yoga to children. Apple or Android
Get inside your brain
SI Network’s Facebook page highlight this month is a realistic 3-D visualisation of the human brain. With over 2 million worldwide views, and 78 likes from page followers, make sure you check it out too!
These nifty little bows turn any pair of shoes into tap shoes! Great to give additional auditory and tactile feedback when completing any gross motor movements. See more
Groovy chillout or high tempo rave?
Any light fixture can become a disco ball with this adapted light bulb. Team it with slow music for a chilled, calming space or fast paced dance music for a stimulating environment. See more
Stretch and move for increased feedback
The stretchy dance sack made out of firm lycra provides great proprioceptive feedback when pushing and pulling against it. See more
Put a spring in your step
A helping hand to get your dancing shoes on- elastic laces, great for children with dyspraxia. See more
Get your brain dancing
Gary Reed presents “The Brain Dance”, on Vimeo. Eight developmental movement patterns to encourage coordinating movements. These patterns include crossing the midline and bilateral coordination-ideal for people demonstrating BIS difficulties. See more
Get your fingers tapping to the typing beat
BBC Bitesize Dance mat typing - a fun way to learn touch typing! Touch typing is a great alternative to handwriting for those with Dyspraxia, not only to assist with presentation, but also to prevent the fatigue that handwriting causes. This app has the added benefit of using the sensory stimulation of music to assist with learning the finger movements. See more
Effects of Dance on Motor Functions, Cognitive Function, and Mental Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease: A Quasi-randomized pilot trial
Hashimoto, H et al (2015)
Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 23(2), p210-219. Does what it says on the tin! The effects may surprise you….See more
Effects of Movement Sequences and Creative Dance on Balance of Children with Mental Retardation
Boswell, B. (1993)
Three sensory systems were found to be vital in developing balance, but which three? See more
SI for Mental Health and Wellbeing
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 information provided in this newsletter is designed to provide helpful information on sensory integration and related difficulties.
This is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to treat any sensory integration difficulties, unless this is by an allied health professional with recognised advanced postgraduate education in sensory integration (SI AHP), who does so at their own discretion.
For diagnosis of sensory integration difficulties or other medical problems please consult your own GP or SI AHP.
The publisher and authors are not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical supervision or other interventions and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any treatment, action, application or preparation, to any person reading or following the information in this newsletter including SI AHPs who use this information at their own discretion and within existing professional specific guidelines and local policy and protocols.
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