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SI Network Newsletter 1st December 2016
Have Yourself a Sensory Filled Christmas!
Merry Christmas to all our readers! Kate and I are especially excited about this issue as Christmas is our favourite time of year. We are so excited that we have created our very own Top 10 Christmas Gifts for everyone. Christmas is full of amazing sensory opportunities from tactile and visual decorations to the glorious smells and tastes that come out of the festive kitchen. We’ve focused on the articles and resources exploring the sensory seeking that so many of us exhibit at this time of year. So sit back, relax and enjoy catching up on the festive news from the SI Network.
SI Network News
Director and Chair of Innovation and Development, Kath Smith, was highly commended in the Senior OT of the Year category of the OT Awards, announced at the OT Show in the NEC, last week.
We recently caught up with Simon Curtis, Advanced SI Practitioner OT at Hannah’s Place, to find out more about the South West Regional Network group, what happens when they meet, the benefits to the members and what is going on in that region.
Are you near a regional group? See here.
Claire Smith, one of our advanced practitioner members, has discovered a great way of getting her daily dose of proprioceptive input and fun at the same time.
SI in the Media
An easy reading article on the impact smells have on us on a day to day basis.
Popular on the SI Network Facebook page this month is a study looking at proprioception and handwriting. Using the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT), the study found that a higher kinetic sense was associated with better legibility of handwriting. Good to bear in mind when asking the children to write their thank-you letters.
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Toddler Christmas is not just a book for toddlers-packed with festive craft and cooking ideas, this book has activities for all ages at Christmas.
Bag Books sells a range of sensory story bags, including tactile, visual and auditory props to support the storytelling. Check out this gorgeous nativity story bag!
Cooking can be a brilliant way to support people who have tactile adversities and to create smells that remind us all of Christmas. For some festive cookery ideas this book includes lots of recipes, great for working on fine motor skill development too!.
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September 2016 - Teaching Support & Vestibular Processing
August 2016 - Skills for Sport
July 2016 - Summer time Challenges
June 2016 - Tackling Mental Health Issues
May 2016 - The A Word
April 2016 - Asperger's Syndrome
A comment I often hear from parents I work with is the difficulties they have at this time of year buying gifts or giving gift recommendations to family members for their children. Here are Kate and my top 10 sensory present ideas for Christmas 2016.
I LOVE this! Yankee candles are back this festive season with their olfactory advent calendar. Each day has a different scent to get you in the festive mood!
This LED Hula hoop will give hours of fun!
This black out tent also has a torch pen which allows you to draw UV on the walls.
The bilibo is great for vestibular feedback as you can rock and spin.
A doorway swing that can be used on most doorways.
Sleeps To Christmas
We know that people can sometimes struggle with changes to routine. Support preparation to the holiday season with the Sleeps To Christmas Lite countdown app. Apple
Create a Christmas sensory tray for children and adults to explore the sights, smells and textures of Christmas. Pinterest always has lots of suggestions. Don't forget to stock up in the sales in preparation for next year!
Create the smells of Christmas or provide a soothing environment using this aroma diffuser from Muji.
An interesting article looking at the impact our senses has on our limbic system. It links different sensations to nostalgia, an important connection for those working with clients with memory loss.
Loisa Bennetto, Emily S. Kuschner, Susan L. Hyman: Biological Psychiatry Journal
A study looking at olfaction and taste processing in people with autism. The study found differences in taste recognition, which the study suggests shows cortical rather than brainstem dysfunction.
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