Ros Urwin
Ros Urwin

Ros Urwin MSc (Rehabilitation Science) Dip COT:

Ros completed her MSc (Rehabilitation Science) at Southampton University in 2003. Published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy in 2005, she explored the effectiveness of Sensory Integrative Therapy on five adults with learning disabilities and sensory modulation disorders.

Ros Urwin is an independent consultant occupational therapist. She currently works with young people and adults who have functional challenges in daily occupations who are compromised by poor sensory integration. Previously Ros worked for over 30 years in the NHS, latterly as Professional OT Lead, in the field of learning disabilities across the lifespan, in autism and with adults and children’s community services in Hampshire and Dorset. She is currently a recognised teacher, mentor and e-mentor with Ulster University.

Ros is a Director of MindSenseAbility Ltd. (MSA), an integrated education and therapy practice, working with young people (aged 25 years and under) who have Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism and associated diagnoses, including Sensory Integration (SI); Ros also works with adults.  

Ros’ Sensory Integration (SI) journey began when working with adults with profound learning disabilities and mental health problems in the 1990s. She presented at the SI Network annual conference in Edinburgh in 2005 which focused on diverse populations and SI. With a shared CV in adult intervention, Ros and Kath Smith developed the adult course for the SI Network and continue to be the key lecturers.  Ros held various roles on the Board of Directors in the SI Network becoming Postgraduate Education Director, with responsibility for the development of the Masters’ pathway in Sensory Integration with Ulster University. She continues to present at national and international conferences to occupational therapists and wider audiences. Ros provides invaluable supervision and mentorship to colleagues, staff and students. In recent years, Ros has volunteered with a local charity, taking students and OT students to work with Romanian volunteers and OT students on summer projects with disadvantaged young people with disabilities in Romania.

Ros collaborates with the international group of therapists for the development of international standards of education in Ayres Sensory Integration and with the Ayres 2020 Vision goals (reviews papers and development of assessment for Ayres SI).

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