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Sensory Integration Education Virtual Autumn Conference 2020: An Extraordinary Year

Presenter Biographies

Welcome to the Virtual SIE Autumn Conference 2020: An introduction from Sensory Integration Education Chair Rosalind Rogers

Rosalind has an enviable track record of working to develop national standards of high quality education. She was on the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency’s group which developed the first Benchmark Statements for pre-registration health courses. She led the development of the UK Standards for Work-based Learning for Speech and Language Therapy and represented the UK professional body, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, to develop the Health and Care Professional Council’s Standards for Education and Training. She was a Partner for the UK Regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council, the body that upholds standards in order to protect the public.

Her externally focused work on standards is matched by a long-standing reputation within Ulster for developing innovative curricula. Her passion is in planning and developing high quality training and education across a range of sectors and people. She is acknowledged publicly by Dr. Kelly, Fellow of Sensory Integration Education, as being the creator of the Masters programme in Sensory Integration – the first of its kind in the world.

In 2011, Rosalind was acknowledged by her profession through the conferment of the award of Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. This honour was bestowed as a consequence of her engagement in a range of leadership roles, the most notable being Chair of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ Council, where she was commended for her vision in respect of professional development frameworks for health professionals. She was invited to chair the Board of Sensory Integration Education in 2014 in order that her skills of strategic leadership could be harnessed for this organisation. She had already demonstrated her strong support for this organisation’s Vision, with her leadership skills being honed through twelve years in higher education academic management.

She also is a high quality teacher – she is a Fellow of her University’s Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice. Occupational Therapists who heard her lecture on Neuroscience have been consistent in their praise of her knowledge and ability to communicate complex concepts and ideas in a clear, engaging style. In her personal life, living on the beautiful drumlins of Country Down, in Northern Ireland, as a foster mother, she is particularly motivated about the application of Ayres Sensory Integration to supporting children and young people who have experienced trauma. She uses the knowledge generously shared by her expert Sensory Integration Advanced Practitioner friends for children in her home environment.

Keynote 1: In Conversation with Dr. Shelly Lane and Dr. Anita Bundy: Exploring the Schematic Representation of Sensory Integrative Dysfunction

Dr. Shelly Lane and Dr. Anita Bundy recently released the third edition of the core textbook “Sensory Integration Theory and Practice” - a book that formulates the foundational learning for so many therapists studying sensory integration. We are honoured that they have made time to discuss with us the schematic representation of sensory integrative dysfunction.

Dr Anita  Bundy, ScD, OT/L, FAOTA, FOTARA, Professor and Department Head, Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University, Honorary Professor, Occupational Therapy, University of Sydney.

For over three decades, Dr Anita Bundy has conducted research into children's play and is recognised as an expert internationally. Much of Dr. Bundy’s research focuses on children’s play and risk reframing.  While at the University of Sydney she became involved in boosting kids’ activity levels and social negotiation skills through play. Her research team made playground equipment from recycled materials such as hay bales, old tires, milk crates and Styrofoam coolers filled with sand and observed how the objects affected children’s physical activity and social interaction. The Sydney Playground Project is now an integral part of some Sydney schools.

She is best known for developing theory and research in play with children who have disabilities and in sensory integration. She has a strong interest in the everyday lives of children with disabilities. Published widely and the co-editor of Kids Can Be Kids: A Childhood Occupations Approach and Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice, Dr. Bundy has been acknowledged through numerous teaching and scholar awards, including admission to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Academy of Research and the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows.

Dr Shelley Lane, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, CSU, Professor, Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University, Professor and Discipline Lead, Occupational Therapy, University of Newcastle, Australia.

Dr. Lane’s research has focused broadly on neuroscience applications in occupational therapy, and development and sensory processing in children. Previous research topics have included development and sensory processing in children prenatally exposed to substances of abuse; assistive technology and play for children with significant disabilities through the Let’s Play project; early identification of dyspraxia and best practice for young children who have experienced trauma or neglect. 

Dr. Lane’s current research interests include playfulness and interaction in father-child pairs; fussy eating in children with autism; effectiveness of the Alert ProgramĀ® with children with autism; parent coaching; identification of and interventions to address sensory-based functional defecation disorders; and understanding the physiologic correlates of sensory modulation disorders and occupational therapy interventions.  

Dr. Lane presents both nationally and internationally, and has edited, authored and contributed to books addressing issues related to sensory integration and processing, neuroscience applications to practice, and pediatric occupational therapy practice.  Published widely and the co-editor of Kids Can Be Kids: A Childhood Occupations Approach and Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice, Dr. Lane has been acknowledged with awards for scholarship and service. She has received the A. Jean Ayres Award, and is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Sensory Integration Education Awards Ceremony: Hosted by SIE Fellow Dr Greg Kelly. 

Dr Greg Kelly was formerly Course Director of Sensory Integration Education’s MSc in SI at Ulster University, where he lectured on occupational therapy for more than 30 years.

In 2019, Dr Kelly received an SIE Honorary Fellowship for sustained commitment to developing SI theory and practice in the UK, Ireland and beyond, over a 40-year period and for his outstanding leadership in providing university-accredited SI training, since the MSc in SI was launched in 2011.

Dr Kelly continues his relationship with SIE as a consultant and has recently been invited to be a visiting professor at Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

A Qualitative Exploration into the Sensory Experiences of Autistic Mothers: an MSc research presentation by Moyna Talcer, Consultant Occupational Therapist and Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration

Moyna Talcer has worked in the field of occupational therapy for nearly two decades, with a career spanning the NHS and private practice and client groups throughout the lifespan.  Moving from St George’s, a large teaching hospital in London to working in the community for adults with learning disabilities (mainly autism), Moyna finally specialised in paediatrics.

Since 2009, Moyna has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the boroughs of Sutton and Merton and then became Clinical Lead Specialist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and children with Special Educational Needs. Within her private practice, Moyna specialised in the assessment and diagnosis of dyspraxia.

Moyna is a lecturer on SIE’s MSc in Sensory Integration course delivering the neuroscience, assessment and therapy and advanced practitioner modules, accredited by Sheffield Hallam University. She also mentors the MSc final year students. Moyna’s passion is supporting individuals with neurodiverse conditions.

Higher Education Qualifications in Sensory Integration: An Introduction to the Partnership with Sheffield Hallam University: By Judith Mitchell, Collaborative Course Lead, College of Health and Wellbeing and Life Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University - UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality 2020

Judith Mitchell, based at Sheffield Hallam University within the College of Health and Wellbeing and Life Sciences, is the Collaborative Course Lead for SIE’s MSc in SI pathway. The Collaborative Course Lead (CCL) role is the key link between SIE and the university, ensuring students are able to access all the available resources and that their marks are appropriately checked and processed. 

Her background, as an occupational therapist in mental health has spanned the private and statutory sector and provided extensive experience of working with people with complex mental health needs. Jude has a particular clinical interest in working with individuals with psychosis and personality disorder, using psychosocial approaches within her OT practice. Her research interests are around the use of social media to improve partnership working around children with SEN.

Keynote 2: Overview of the Sensory Processing 3 Dimensions Measure and Current Research by Dr Sarah Schoen, PhD, OTR/L and Director of Research at STAR Institute

Dr. Schoen is an occupational therapist with 30 years of clinical experience and a doctorate in occupational therapy from New York University (2001). She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship awarded by the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry, working with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller.

During her fellowship she was awarded the Developmental Psychology Endowment Grant from the William T Grant foundation to study the Sensory Processing Scales, which she is co-developing and researching with Dr. Miller. Dr Schoen is currently an Associate Professor at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and has served on multiple doctoral committees.

She also co-developed and teaches the monthly Advanced Mentorship training at the SPD Foundation. She is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment and has advanced training in Sensory Integration Therapy, Therapeutic Listening, and assistive technology. Dr. Schoen received the Recognition of Achievement Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 1997 and the Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation in 2011.

Sensory Friendly Solutions Podcast Conversations: brought to you by occupational therapist Christel Seeberger and the Sensory Friendly Solutions team

Enjoy an introduction and three curated podcasts episodes as part of the Sensory Integration Education Virtual Conference 2020.  Hear from Maureen Bennie about her autism awareness mission and discovering the eighth sense.  Listen to Bestseller, Carol Stock Kranowitz and her journey to write the Out of Sync Child.  Share in the brilliance of Dr. Winnie Dunn, occupational therapist, researcher and author of Living Sensationally.  In the podcast series, you will learn about all things sensory:  your eight senses, sensory processing, sensory sensitivity, sensory overload and finally sensory-friendly solutions for daily life.  Hear from international experts, thought leaders, educators, parents, and people just like you who want to make the world more comfortable for everyone.  Find the full podcast series wherever you listen to podcasts.

Christel Seeberger has been an occupational therapist for more than 25 years helping people with sensory sensitivity who experience sensory overload.  Christel has sensory sensitivity herself; a result of her hearing loss and use of hearing aids.  She founded Sensory Friendly Solutions in 2016 to bring together people around the world looking for sensory friendly living and the businesses and organizations who offer sensory friendly experiences.

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Senita Research Trial Update: A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of sensory integration therapy versus usual care for sensory processing difficulties in autism spectrum disorder in children, and its impact on behavioural difficulties, adaptive skills and socialisation from Sue Delport, Chief Investigator, Cardiff University


Sue Delport, BSc(Hons), MSc(OT) is Professional Head in Occupational Therapy, School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University.  She is also an SIE Fellow.

She has worked in the clinical field for a period of 20 years as an occupational therapist in a range of settings including: specialist schools for children with cerebral palsy and specific learning difficulties, and institute for the learning disabled, general physical hospitals, and community paediatrics. This experience spanned three countries: South Africa, England and Wales. In addition she has worked and offered consultation in the private sector as a paediatric occupational therapist. In her final years in clinical work she managed a community paediatric occupational therapy department with 14 staff.

She joined Cardiff University as an Occupational Therapy lecturer in 2002 and continue to teach on the undergraduate BSc Hons (OT) programme as well as sessions on the PGDip (OT) and the MSc Neurorehabilitation programmes. In the past she has taught as a sessional lecturer at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and was a recognised teacher of the University of Liverpool. She is also a recognised teacher of the Ulster University.

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