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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
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.
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.
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.
A really insightful book with lots of great resources for therapists to use in practice.
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.
Is It Sensory or Is It Behaviour? Changing Behaviours to Improve Functional Performance and ParticipationThis 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?
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.
This one-day course will provide an introduction to sensory integration difficulties including autism.
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.
Post your vacancy from only £149.
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We are all delighted to hear this news.
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.
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.
This post was very popular, but looking at a very different type of attachment!
Change4Life Fun Generator
Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better
A great website with lots of fantastic play ideas.
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.
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.
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February 2017 - CPD, vision and perception
January 2017 - Squeeze yourself into the New YearDecember 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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