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SI Network Newsletter 1st November 2016
Put a little sparkle in your life with Sensory Integration
It is November already and in my workplace there is already talk of Christmas. But, before we get absorbed with the festivities, we have bonfire night to look forward to. I went on a Mindfulness training day recently, and was encouraged to be in the moment at both a physical and sensory level. I love nothing more than the smell of the burning bonfire, the colours of all the sparklers and the surprising bangs and fizzes from the array of fireworks. However, for those with sensory processing difficulties, bonfire night poses a whole host of challenges. This month, EmphaSIze is going to focus on the auditory and visual systems, so that we can explore exciting ways to support people to engage in one of the most fun nights of the year.
SI Network News
Member Congratulations for successful NIHR Research Study Bid
A bid for SI therapy research and its effects on Autism Spectrum Disorder has been accepted by the National Institute for Health Research.
ESIC 2017 - Visiting Scholar Award
The SI Network are pleased to announce the launch of their ESIC 2017 - Visiting Scholar Award
This award is open to Advanced SI Practitioners, who have completed their MSc through Ulster University, carrying out SI related research. The grant is for £800 to cover the registration fee, accommodation and flights to Vienna.
The OT Show 22-23 November
Are you going to the OT Show this year? We’ll be exhibiting so why not come and say hello? You’ll find us on stand H25!
SI Module 2/3: From Assessment to Interpretation
Congratulations to everyone who made it through SI Module 2/3 Block 1 with Nikki in Birmingham recently, it was an intense week but also great fun! No matter what clinical background, be it paediatrics, elderly care, mental health or learning disabilities, everyone gained a lot from the course. The focus for the week’s learning is introducing assessment tools including the SIPT and Kath Smith and the SI Module 2/3 team are inspirational in sharing the possibilities of using this gold standard sensory assessment with a variety of patients.
If you are passionate in developing your knowledge and understanding of sensory processing and Ayres' SI, then this course is for you.
We always like to share good news and this month we are delighted to hear that two of our international colleagues, Carolyn Murray-Slutsky and Tina Champagne, have been chosen to be a Roster of Fellows for AOTA 2017. The Roster recognises members, who with their knowledge and expertise have made a significant contribution to the continuing education and professional development of its members. Carolyn’s award is for “Leading Excellence in Pediatrics around the Globe” and Tina’s is for “Leadership in Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. Congratulations Ladies and very well deserved!
Carolyn will be over in the UK, lecturing for the the SI Network, with her physiotherapist colleague, Betty Paris, in March next year. See more.
Network Member Takes Home Gold
A member of the Network, Esther Fleurbaay, has put her senses to the test and taken home gold at the European Senior Ladies Badminton Championship.
Currently Amazon is offering the following books on auditory processing for FREE when you sign up for a FREE 30 trial of Kindle Unlimited:
Cohen, L. Kindle Edition
Auditory Processing Disorder: Discover Your Treatment Options for Auditory Processing Disorder (brain disorders)
Aman, D. Kindle Edition
Jirak, M. Kindle Edition
Rawlins, C. (2012) Volume 1
For those who love the tactile feedback from a real book, written and illustrated by Christopher Rawlins, this book shares a first hand account of living with central auditory processing disorder.
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A free app to encourage cause and effect responses in the form of an array of fireworks and sounds. By Fireworks Games.
Zen Sand - Relaxing Logic Games with Chinese Proverbs
An app that contains calming music to help soothe and calm - could be useful for those overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and smells of Bonfire Night. By Antti Lehtinen.
The most energetic game of noughts and crosses I have ever seen! Check out this awesome “just right” challenge.
A popular post with our Facebook followers about proprioception with a handy checklist of issues commonly witnessed in children with proprioceptive difficulties. Namita Shenai Vadhavkar summoned up our feelings with her comment “...a concept so close to my heart”.
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An essential piece of kit to support people to access bonfire night celebrations and support the auditory system from becoming overloaded.
Firework Alternatives: Spiral Glitter Wand Tubes
You can replicate some of the sensory experiences associated with fireworks at home using glitter sticks.
Light up toys, great for supporting the visual system.
The New Social Story Book
Firework Messy Play
Why not create some messy play firework activities (great to support tactile sensitivities). Bind spaghetti with string and cook the bottom half only. Use this as an alternative paintbrush with bright coloured paint and black paper to create fireworks in the night sky. Or even better use it as an opportunity to raise fire safety awareness.
King, A.J. (2005) - Current Biology, 15(9), p339-341.
Ever wondered how our auditory and visual system work together to synthesise information?
Bonnel et al (2003) - Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15(2), 226-235
A study that investigates auditory sensitivity in people with Autism.
Due to popular demand we have released an additional classroom SI Module 1 course - the starting module to qualify as an SI practitioner.
Audience: Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists and Physiotherapists.
Date: 28 Nov to 2 Dec 2016.
Fee: £975. Places limited. Payment plan available.
This one-day course will provide an introduction to sensory integration difficulties including autism.
Audience: Open to all
Date: 10 December 2016
Fee: £155. Payment plan available.
Translation into practice when supporting adoptive, foster and other permanent placement families.
This one-day course will provide an introduction to the concept of 'complex trauma in children' including the affected domains of Attachment, Self-regulation and Competencies.
Audience: Therapists, social workers and other professionals working in adoption and permanency.
Date: 16 January 2017
Fee: £185. Payment plan available.
Our experienced lecturers can now provide many of our quality SI training courses on your site! Save staff travel / accommodation costs and time away from work. See here for on-site course details.
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