Theory4Practice - Pamela Fegan & Moninna Mc Alinden

Sensory Integration in Health and Education

This one day course will allow you to grasp the principles of Sensory Integration Therapy. Great emphasis will be placed upon gearing intervention to outcomes using available equipment. You will also be made aware of the possibilities of specific sensory based equipment. This course is designed to educate delegates and inspire them in a positive and fulfilling approach using Sensory Integration.

Who is it for?
This one-day course is designed for Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists, students, parents, teachers and classroom staff, nurses/medics and anybody interested in learning more about this approach.

Duration                1 day training
Date                         Thursday 2nd May 2013
Host                         Theory4Practice
Venue                      Crown Plaza, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Cost                          £175 (€200). You can pay by PayPal, Bank Transfer or Cheque.
Cheques to be made payable to “P Fegan & M McAlinden”

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Facilitator            Amanda Howard
Amanda Howard is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in the NHS for 25 years. She worked in a Special School for 10 years, in Mencap‘s nursery and an early intervention unit for 10 years. She also worked in a child development clinic for 5 years. Alongside this, she has been working independently having set up …Therapy Foundations for Education alongside her husband who is a retired Primary School Principal.
Amanda has always pursued current evidenced based practice and continued professional development obtaining a Masters Degree in Advanced Occupational Therapy. She is SIPT Certified (sensory integration and praxis testing) after completing this qualification in America in 2007 and specialises in assessing and providing solutions to problems in Autism. This intervention is neurological and based on sensory motor development and the integration of the senses.
In her independent work, she focuses on the treatment of children and training parents and professionals.
Amanda is currently engaged by several schools in Southern Ireland developing initiatives in Sensory Integration, including staff training, parental awareness sessions, presenting workshops, individual assessment and implementing therapy programmes which enable teachers to continue with interventions.
She is also an associate lecturer on the BSc. programme for Occupational Therapy in Sensory Integration and lectures on the Master’s Programme in Autism at Queen’s University Belfast.

Aims and Objectives
– To understand the term Sensory Integration and the glossary of terms that has become interchangeable with this frame of reference.

– To fully appreciate the neurology of the sensory system and how this influences our self-regulation and ability to remain calm.

– Explore fully the role of the sensory system and in particular vestibular, proprioception, tactile, visual, and auditory senses in relation to ourselves. Also to identify behaviours and mannerisms related to each system in order to understand the underlying problems a child has rather than focus on the symptoms.

– Look at the taxonomy of sensory processing disorders and fully understand the relationship between the three main subtypes: sensory modulation disorder (SMD), sensory discrimination disorder (SDD) and sensory based motor disorder (SBMD). This includes dyspraxia and postural disorders, sensory craving behaviours, and sensory avoidance including tactile defensiveness.

– To look at interventions and explore the wide possibilities of using adaptive equipment including suspended swings, therapy balls, scooter boards, wobble boards, trampoline, tunnels and log rolls. Also to become confident with the sensory reasoning related to each intervention.

– Finally you will learn to fully appreciate the difference between sensory integration therapy (which is ongoing active participation, changing neurological processing) and a sensory diet (which is passive recurrent intervention, working on the present self-regulation state).

In short you will learn how to assess, clinically observe and identify sensory challenges. You will know which systems are engaged in the presented behaviour and interventions used to calm, regulate or arouse these systems.

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Please Note:Lunch will be provided on this Course, and is included in the fee.