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When ‘Mum’ Seems Anxious

I’m Reblogging this post from the blog – It must be Mum, because it is an incredibly powerful description of exactly the experience that many parents including myself face when we try desperately to advocate for services and support for our children. Unfortunately, it sets up a terrible cycle of disbelief and creates unnecessary stress for families and barriers to children receiving the support they need.…

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When ‘Mum’ Seems Anxious

I’m Reblogging this post because it is an incredibly powerful description of exactly the experience that many parents including myself face when we try desperately to advocate for services and support for our children. Unfortunately, it sets up a terrible cycle of disbelief and creates unnecessary stress for families and barriers to children receiving the support they need. The sense of relief when one professional…

Universal Design: Community Parks and Playgrounds

CONGRATULATIONS to our OT Colleagues in Cork! This is their amazing newly launched website – launched today on Universal Children’s Day, 20 November 2017. The team in OSOT at UCC are passionate about play: play occupation, playspaces and enabling play for all children. They have funding for the next six months to study Universal Design for parks and playgrounds: researching community spaces as sites for…

The reality of the importance of the senses to early development

Early development is all about the senses – this amazing video viewed through a child’s eyes is from The Guardian and reminds us why early sensory experiences are so important  – can’t wait to use in VR Goggles. For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/theguardian/videos/10156090514526323/

Sensory Integration in Mental Health

After a busy start to 2017, I am finally finding time to read my new books and catch up on a few journal articles published since March – updating my evidence statements for reports and lecturing… this book and this chapter in particular has been a great read. It is lovely to see this published from South Africa – from the place I first learnt…

Post SI Network Annual Conference

Hi everyone especially those members who managed to make it to the Annual Conference at Aston University, Birmingham yesterday. It was so good to be able to catch up with you and network, exchange ideas, evidence, practice – exactly what the SI Network is there for. The presentations were varied and all interesting to listen to with different take-home messages. Many congratulations too to all…

Occupational Therapy, Ayres’ Sensory Integration and Mental Health

Click here to read this article, and on the last day of OT Week! OT has so much to offer mental health care – we have a unique role using Ayres’ work to inform current practice in inpatient care – proud to be an OT owning the sensory integration frame of reference! http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcap.12174/full

SenITA – Parent Survey

Are you a parent of a child who is between the ages of 4 and 11 who has autism and associated sensory processing difficulties, and is in mainstream education? Please, can you complete the survey below? It is to help us to gather information from across England about the care which children who have autism receive. https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/senita-parent-survey   Information from Cardiff University Survey of usual care for children with…

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