Skills for Practice | Mental Health, Trauma and ASI



This 2-day for health, social care and special education professionals will provide an opportunity to develop individualised sensory strategies using personalised Sensory Ladders to understand and support communication and self-regulation. This course is suitable for those working with people with all levels of cognitive ability including for people with Autism, Sensory Integration Difficulties, ADHD and Dyspraxia.

Over two days you will explore using the theory of Sensory Integration to understand and analyse behaviours that can be challenging to health and social care professionals and care teams.

You will consider how sensory integration difficulties may contribute to the person’s presentations and difficulties participating in everyday life.

Day 1: 16.15 – 17.15 Optional Session:

Get to know a little about the EASI and seeing how it might work, and think about joining the EASI Normative Data Collection Project. This is not training in the EASI – just a chance to see it and learn a bit more how it is being developed and to brainstorm how it might work with adults.

Optional Dinner out on Day 1 is a chance to network with other therapists in a fun and informal way.

(Dinner is at your own expense. Prior booking is required by 9 July 2018.)

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe the theory of Ayres’ Sensory Integration and its application for managing behaviours that challenge.
  • Describe and reformulate behaviours using a range of tools including chain analysis.
  • Incorporate cognitive and behavioural strategies alongside sensory integration theory to develop personalised Sensory Ladders.
  • Develop individualised sensory strategies informed by chain analysis and other tools.
  • Implement sensory-integration informed strategies and sensory approaches to enhance communication, support self-regulation; facilitating participation in everyday life.

Please email if you require us to raise an invoice for your NHS trust or employer.

Feedback from previous workshops;

“Flippen awesome, inspiring. Motivating!”

“Amazing workshop”

“Kath is a very effective trainer. She is able to explain complex concepts is a clear understandable way and relate this to occupation and current research. Her courses are well presented and very enjoyable. She uses case studies to help understandingvery well.”

“The lecturers experience makes the course suitable for teams from schools, hospitals and therapy teams.”

“The case studies are fantastic and illustrate so clearly how to do this in practice.”

“What did I like most about Kath’s training? Everything! It was all relevant to my work. I am so excited about returning to work with a bucket full of new strategies and a different perspective on people’s behaviours and communications. Thank you, Jennifer OT”

“It was wonderful, would trave down anytime to do it again!”

“The experience learning with others from different professions and stages of learning made it an incredible two days – the lecturers were passionate and ensured there was learning for everyone!”

“Loved the group work and practical hands-on sessions, can’t wait for the next course from the team at ASI-WISE”

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“The workshop was with taught by expert lecturers and experienced clinicians and included lots of practical activities to introduce the theory and neuroscience of Ayres’ Sensory Integration. We explored trauma and its impact on development and learning of skills needed for daily life – body awareness and movement, emotions and self-regulation, cognitive skills and communication. It was good to hear about the evidence from emerging research. This will inform our plans to support those with trauma better, developing and providing trauma-informed care across the lifespan in mental health services in our area.”

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