Autism and Homelessness: Why does it matter to OT’s? And it should!

Although today I was sent a copy of a link to an article entitled “First significant study on autism and homelessness”, this is not the first I have known about the increased risk of homelessness in those with Autism or ways that as a profession Occupational Therapy can offer something to help reduce this risk. For a number of years, OT’s have been talking about…

CPD on the Sofa: Early Experiences Shape Executive Function – (our own personal air traffic control system)

Executive function skills help us plan, focus attention, switch gears, and juggle multiple tasks—much like an air traffic control system at a busy airport. This downloadable paper provides a great way of explaining executive function to teachers and parents, drawing on the latest neuroscience and research in early development. The air-traffic analogy makes is a great tool in the therapist tool box when education parents…

CPD on the Sofa: An Activities Guide for Enhancing & Practicing Executive Function Skills

Supporting development is everyone’s business. If you are a therapist practicing Ayres’ Sensory Integration, parent education and support between sessions with sensory rich activities to support development through ploy is likely to be a part of what you do. The resource includes downloadable printable activities guides for different ages, that will make great handouts for parents and teachers. Another great resource from Harvard.. Parents bringing…

News: More about Sensory Friendly Playspaces

More about sensory play spaces: United Kingdom The Play Park Exeter USA Maggie Daley Park Governors Island Park South Africa World of Golf (Woodmead) Back To Urth Australia Belrose, Sydney Post the places and sensory friendly initiatives you know about here in our sense-able and safe spaces community group on FB.

NEWS: Sensory Integration in Playgrounds from Landscape Architecture Magazine

This is a great article about a study Lucy Miller has conducted in a playground. It also talks about Lucy’s motivation to study OT because of personal experiences when she lost her vision, including a summer mentorship to learn from Jean Ayres You can read more here: landscapearchitecturemagazine.org/tag/sensory-integration-disorder/

CPD on the Sofa: Research in Neuroscience in the Future.

Where is neuroscience going in the future, how will we get here? Sam Rodriques talks to us about problems with current research methods, and why outcomes for clients haven’t changed in years. He proposes what the year 2100 might look like from the weather, to vacuum cleaners and finally what we will know more about Alzheimer’s and how we got there using more up to…

Neuroscience and Sleep

Submitted by guest blogger Ruth OT Before I trained to be an occupational therapist, I studied neuroscience to masters by research level. It is so helpful in my work to have that underpinning knowledge of some of the things going on in the brain and how these affect behaviour. However, I don’t miss growing neurons in petri dishes and counting them. Our kids are not…

Research Update: Additional occupational therapy considerations for functional neurological disorders: a potential role for sensory processing.

Delighted to see this research article cited below as at the Merlin MS Centre in Cornwall Ayres’ Sensory Integration is a regularly used approach with adolescent and adult clients with functional neurological disorders. At the Merlin MS Centre, as well as assessment using Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), Ayres’ Clinical Observations and the Adult/Adolescent Sensory History, we use the Model of Human Occupation Screening…

ASI WISE Workshop at RCOT 2018: State of the Science and the Art of Practice: Occupational therapy outcomes using Ayres Sensory Integration beyond childhood.

Ros and Sarah are presenting at RCOT today on behalf of the ASI WISE team. Occupational therapy using a data driven decision making process aids identification of possible underlying sensory integration deficits that may be contributing to participation challenges in everyday life for adults (Schaaf & Mailloux 2015). Evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of Ayres’ Sensory Integration (ASI) therapy with older adolescents(16+), adult and older adult…

Ayres’ Sensory Integration: Making The Ordinary Come Alive

Today I was sent a copy of this poem, thanking me as an occupational therapist, for doing Ayres’ Sensory Integration therapy as this little person’s occupational therapist, I play with him in my therapy space, and it is changing his life; his confidence, his mastery of the world around him, and his ability to actively participate in his everyday life at school and at home.…

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