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ASI, Brexit and more.

So as today is the 30th, we are reflecting on what’s going on locally. In the UK and Ireland it’s hard to ignore Brexit and it’s challenges – it is impacting on all of us regardless of our political persuasion which we leave at the door.

However being pragmatic means recognising the uncertainty and stress it is bringing to the people we support – from families worried about access to medication and medical equipment to parents concerned about job certainty and if the basic foods will remain available and affordable.

Local Authorities and Healthcare services are already struggling and have been for a while. We need to make judicious decisions about how we use resources and what recommendations we make. How timely then to receive an email announcing this next free webinar from CLASI.

To join this webinar visit www.cl-asi.org/resources.

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ASI WISE | Sensory Project Community of Practice Meeting – Online Webinar

Novak’s paper “Effectiveness of paediatric occupational therapy for children with disabilities: A systematic review” suggests Ayres’ Sensory Integration is a red light intervention.

Ref: Iona Novak PhD, MSc (Hons), BAppSc Ingrid Honan PhD, BPysch(Hons) First published: 10 April 2019.

This paper is increasingly being used by local authorities to justify why Ayres’ Sensory Integration Therapy lacks evidence and therefore should not be funded.

As an organisation promoting the application of Ayres’ Sensory Integration as part of clinical practice, ASI Wise would support recent studies and literature that recognises Ayres’ Sensory Integration as evidence-based and relevant in many areas of clinical practice, as described by Schaaf at ISIC 2018.

Active, individually-tailored, sensory-motor activities contextualised in play at the just right challenge that target adaptive responses for participation in activities and tasks.” 

There are many arguments that can be made as a rebuttal to this paper by Novak. We are establishing a working group to respond and reply to this paper, providing therapists in the UK and Ireland with a formal response to share with parents, educators and local authorities.

To register your interest in this online webinar, to be held next Monday 30 September 2019, 2019 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM BST please follow this link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2213913243769891341

ASI WISE team

Ayres Sensory Integration (Wales, Ireland, Scotland & England)

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Research update: Music helps to build the brains of very premature babies

It seems as if the Great Bard, Sir William Shakespeare might have been right, but about a different kind of love…a mother’s love for her newborn infant.

“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.

Twelfth Night Act 1, scene 1, 1–3

A fascinating study explained here in Neuroscience News

“Lara Lordier, PhD in neurosciences and researcher at the HUG and UNIGE, unfolds the musical creation process. “It was important that these musical stimuli were related to the baby’s condition. We wanted to structure the day with pleasant stimuli at appropriate times: music to accompany their awakening, music to accompany their falling asleep, and music to interact during the awakening phases.” To choose instruments suitable for these very young patients, Andreas Vollenweider played many kinds of instruments to the babies, in the presence of a nurse specialized in developmental support care. “The instrument that generated the most reactions was the Indian snake charmers’ flute (the punji),” recalls Lara Lordier. “Very agitated children calmed down almost instantly, their attention was drawn to the music!” The composer thus wrote three sound environments of eight minutes each, with punji, harp and bells pieces”.

 

Read more here: Music helps to build the brains of very premature babies