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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.

Kate Bradley 

  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

  SI Global


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:

Exploring Auditory Processing Disorder

Cohen, L. Kindle Edition

Auditory Processing Disorder: Discover Your Treatment Options for Auditory Processing Disorder (brain disorders)

Aman, D. Kindle Edition

Auditory Processing Problems & ADD 

Jirak, M. Kindle Edition

Maximize Your Abilities - Living with CAPD: Central Auditory Processing Disorder 

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.

  SI Social

 Game On 

The most energetic game of noughts and crosses I have ever seen! Check out this awesome “just right” challenge

 Proprioception Checklist

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”.  

SI Network Forum

Ask a question - Provide an answer! 


Ear Defenders

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. 

Flashing Light Up LED Half Moon Tambourine

Light up toys, great for supporting the visual system. 


The New Social Story Book

Use Carol Grey’s Social Stories to create a resource to support people of all ages for events out of routine - ideal for talking and preparing for bonfire night. 

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.  


Multisensory Integration: Strategies for Synchronization

King, A.J. (2005) - Current Biology, 15(9), p339-341.

Ever wondered how our auditory and visual system work together to synthesise information?  

Enhanced Pitch Sensitivity in Individuals with Autism: A Signal Detection Analysis

Bonnel et al (2003) - Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15(2), 226-235

A study that investigates auditory sensitivity in people with Autism.  


SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience

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. 

Venue: Birmingham

Fee: £975. Places limited. Payment plan available. 

Introduction to Sensory Integration Difficulties

This one-day course will provide an introduction to sensory integration difficulties including autism.

Audience:  Open to all

Date:  10 December 2016

Venue:  London

Fee:  £155. Payment plan available.  

Complex Trauma in Children

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

Venue:  London

Fee:  £185. Payment plan available.  

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Lead Editor - Kate Bradley

Support Editor - Nikki White

If you have some extraordinary SI News you wish to share and celebrate through the Network, please contact us through our Social Media or directly to nicola.white@sensoryintegration.org.uk 

or kate.bradley@sensoryintegration.org.uk

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  • 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.

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