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SI Network Newsletter 1st March 2017

Bring More Play Into Your Lives

It’s finally starting to feel like winter is over. Flowers are blooming and the days are getting a little longer. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we are focusing this edition of EmphaSIze on nurturing, play and relationships. In our Editor’s Picks we have some great resources and suggestions to encourage a more playful approach to Sensory Integration. Albert Einstein beautifully quotes “play is the highest form of research”, so why not make play development a CPD focus and book yourself a place on The Art of Therapy: Play and Relationships, running in July in London.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our ‘mum’ readers.

Kate Bradley, Editor

  SI Network News

PhD Excitement

Big congratulations go to our SensorNet Editor, Gina Daly, for taking the plunge and embarking on a 6 year, part-time PhD in OT at University College, Cork. All of us in the SI Network are delighted to hear this news and thrilled that the focus of Gina's research is going to be sensory processing / integration in children with autism spectrum disorder. Read more about this story in SensorNet later this month.

ESIC 2015 videos available for Gold and Silver members

For those members that missed it, all of the video content from ESIC 2015 is now available on our website. Highlights include the keynote speakers Tina Champagne and Zoe Mailloux and lots more. 

Meet a (Mum!) Member

This month we catch up with Donna Boygle, who tells us how she manages to juggle being a busy mum of two young children with her work as an independent, advanced SI-trained occupational therapist. 


Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence, and Connect with Others

A book designed to give strategies and role playing scripts to help teens reduce anxiety.

Play in Occupational Therapy for Children

A really insightful book with lots of great resources for therapists to use in practice.


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.  

Sensory Strategies for Everyone - The Magic of Muscle Stretch and Heavy Work

This course will explore the sense of proprioception – the sense that comes from moving our muscles. Often forgotten, ignored and definitely under-rated, proprioception makes daily life possible.
  • Audience:  Everyone
  • Date:  13 March 2017
  • Venue:  London
  • Fee:  £155. Payment plan available.  

Introduction to Sensory Integration Difficulties

This one-day course will provide an introduction to sensory integration difficulties including autism.
  • Audience:  Everyone
  • Date:  20 March 2017
  • Venue:  London
  • Fee:  £155. Payment plan available.  

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  SI Global

Temple Grandin earns her place in America’s National Women’s Hall of Fame

We are all delighted to hear this news. 

ASI 2020 Vision

Have you explored the ASI 2020 website yet? It’s a great place to go to to find out more about the huge international initiative set up to commemorate Dr. A. Jean Ayres’ 100th birthday in the year 2020. Or better still, why not get involved? You can sign up here.

  SI Social

Research says it's OK to pick your baby up each time it cries

This article had a lot of our Facebook followers talking and is an appropriate topic for the focus on nurturing and attachment in this issue.

Petie the therapeutic horse

This post was very popular, but looking at a very different type of attachment!


Play is not just for children.  Below are the co-editor’s top 3 games for the whole family that give vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile and auditory feedback and provide endless hours of fun!

Bop it!

Cranium Party Board Game



Change4Life Fun Generator

This app has over 100 games and activities for indoors and outdoors so that you can mix it up and have a different play day every day. Apple, Android

Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better

Take a little time to nurture yourself, this app provides simple daily programmes to better help equip you for the day ahead. Apple, Android


The Empowered Educator

A great website with lots of fantastic play ideas.

Passport to Function

Mary and Suzanne, both paediatric SI trained occupational therapists, have created a great resource ‘Passport to FUNction’. Short videos and blog posts have been designed for parents (and therapists), covering a range of ideas to support children building skills through play. 


A Motion-Sensing Game-Based Therapy to Foster the Learning of Children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Chuang, T.S. & Kuo, MS. 2016.  Journal of Educational Technology and & Society. (19:1).

This research looked at developing a motion-sensor game to encourage engagement in physical activity in the anticipation that this would improve their bodily-kinesthetic intelligence.

The Power of Play: A Research Summary on Play and Learning

Dr. Rachel E. White, The Children’s Museum in Minnesota.

The Children’s Museum in Minnesota has created a research summary of play and learning. Some interesting reading on the different types of play and how play can be facilitated.

 Missed an issue?

Catch up on Free back issues of EmphaSIze

February  2017 - CPD, vision and perception
January  2017 - Squeeze yourself into the New Year
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

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emphaSIze disclaimer

  • 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.

  • Links, resource ideas and references are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute endorsement of any product, website or other sources. Readers should be aware that information on any websites listed in this newsletter may change.

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