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SI Network Newsletter 1st January 2017

Squeeze yourself into the New Year

January is traditionally a time for trying to squeeze back into pre-Christmas clothes and planning for the year ahead. This month we are focusing on proprioception (the sensory system associated with heavy work through the joints and muscles) and continuous professional development.

Our Editor’s picks of the month contain lots of great ideas to tempt you to try something new or to remind you of something you haven't used in a while. The news stories have been selected to inspire you to want to further develop your own knowledge base and seek out new training and development opportunities over the next 12 months and beyond. Good luck with those resolutions!

Kate Bradley

  SI Network News

Winter Graduation News 

Congratulations to all the SI Network students who recently received awards at the Ulster University Winter Graduation Ceremony.

SI Strategies in Psychiatric Intensive and Acute Care Settings

Well done Fiona Taylor (Advanced OT and SI Practitioner) and colleagues, Emma Lashbrook, Laura Stone and Kirsty Smillie on your interesting practice-based article on SI strategies with adults that was published in the November 2016 issue of the OT News.

Meet a member

Advanced Practitioner and E Mentor, Jane Woodburn tells us all about her busy life and explains why she loves ultra-running! 

Onsite SI Training in your practice is now available

  SI Social


AOTA honour the top 100 influential Occupational Therapists 

Some amazing therapist to aspire to!

Who doesn't love a dancing bird? 

Important to remember the impact music can have on movement.


101 Games and Activities for Children With Autism, Asperger's and Sensory Processing Disorders

Tara Delaney

101 activities to teach children how to move their bodies through play. 

Sensory Circuits

Jane Horwood

A book full of activities and ideas to support setting up the ideal sensory circuit in a school, therapy setting or even at home. 


Feeding Difficulties and Sensory Issues

This 2 day course explores different types of feeding difficulties related to sensory issues.  Many of the children treated in occupational therapy for sensory integration disorders experience difficulties with feeding. Sensory issues are often overlooked, or misinterpreted as behavioural problems. This course is about clinical reasoning concerning children who are very selective in their food choices, or refuse to eat without apparent cause.

Audience:  Therapists

Date:  9-10 February 2017

Venue:  Birmingham

Fee:  £370. Payment plan available.  

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Intervention Strategies

This course will expand the participant’s knowledge of the characteristics and current theories that relate to Autism Spectrum Disorders and other diagnosis with sensory based components. We will look in depth at many of the sensory, motor, functional and learning difficulties encountered by our clients. 

Audience:  Everyone

Date:  7-8 March 2017

Venue:  Birmingham

Fee:  £380. Payment plan available.  

Is It Sensory or Is It Behaviour? Changing Behaviours to Improve Functional Performance and Participation

This course will delve into the confusing and challenging behaviors that children and adults often demonstrate; addressing the question Is it sensory or is it behaviour?

Audience:  Everyone

Date:  9-10 March 2017

Venue:  Birmingham

Fee:  £380. Payment plan available.  

Courses, Workshops and Events for Everyone

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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.

  SI Membership - Join today

Silver & Gold SI Network annual membership includes:

  • Latest news & research on sensory integration
  • 25% discount off selected course fees
  • Instalment plan options
  • Webshop discounts
  • Members-only resources
  • Plus lots more

  SI Global

Former Network Chair has Research Study Published

Congratulations to Sue Allen, a former Chair and lifetime fellow of the SI Network, on the publication of her recent research study that explores the link between maternal stress in mothers of children with suspected Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and their child’s sensory processing challenges. 


Squease vest

This vest can be inflated by the wearer to give as much or as little deep pressure as is needed.

Classroom weighted focus kit 

This comprehensive kit is filled with weighted products, including weighted vests, weighted lap pads and weighted bean bags.



For adults, Sworkit provides videos and countdown timers for a range of workout exercises. 

Workout for Kids

Support older children to get their daily dose of proprioceptive input by using the 7-Minute Workout for Kids app.


Brain Highways: The Proprioceptive System

A great video to support families and carers understand the proprioceptive system and some ideas to support effective regulation. 

Heavy work activities

Pinterest has 100’s of ideas for heavy work activities for all ages, a favourite this month is mop painting, great to support the activation of the muscles and joints in the upper body. 


Can textured insoles improve ankle proprioception and performance in dancers?

Steinberg, N et al (2016) Journal of Sports Sciences, 34 (15), p1430. 

Don’t want to spoil the ending, but some interesting correlations were found!

Postural Control Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role of Sensory Integration

Doumas, M. et al (2016)  Journal Of Autism And Developmental Disorders, 46 (3), p. 853-61.

Looks at the effects of proprioceptive processing in postural control in people with ASD.

  Find a Therapist

Finding Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists and Physiotherapists is easy with the SI Network's No 1 Therapist directory. Therapists can join for only £50 for 12 months

 Missed an issue?

Catch up on Free back issues of EmphaSIze

December 2016 - Have yourself a sensory filled Christmas 
November 2016 - Put a little sparkle in your life with Sensory Integration
October 2016 - Strictly Sensory Integration
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


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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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  • 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.

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