Brought to you by staff from the Merlin MS Centre, Hewas Water, Cornwall
This 1-day workshop is an introduction to using the theory of Ayres’ Sensory Integration to improve health, wellbeing and participation in everyday life for clients with neurological conditions.
Research confirms the importance of the senses and sensory integration to function. Learn how sensory integration assessment and intervention with children, adolescents, adults and older adult clients can support rehabilitation; promote participation in activities of everyday life and enhancing the quality of life.
The workshop is suitable for people working with progressive and deteriorating conditions including for dementia and memory services, MS Services as well as for those working in more acute services; Traumatic Brain Injury Services including Stroke and Rehabilitation.
In the workshop we will explore:
How the sensory systems link to basic brain (neurological) mechanisms supporting participation in everyday life.
How the sensory systems contribute to mind, body and brain function; from registration, processing and perception to multi-sensory integration needed for movement, behaviour, communication, managing emotions as well as self-regulation
How trauma and disease can impact on sensory integration and brain processing; changing behaviour, performance and function
How sensory integration and processing supports brain function; impacts on alertness, concentration and focus attention, motivation and emotional systems and how these interact and support function in everyday life.
You will learn about:
Environmental adjustments and effective sensory strategies that can be used to promote participation, support movement and enhance well-being in a range of different settings; hospitals, clinic, home, residential facilities and at work
Sensory strategies used to support emotion regulation and social participation difficulties
Sensory Activities that can be used at home to support rehabilitation and participation in everyday life.
Case-study will be used throughout and you will be supported to think about new ways of working; using sensory integration principles alongside neuroscience, to support improved health and wellbeing and quality of life for the people you care for within the setting where you work.
Presenters: Kathryn Smith, Consultant Occupational Therapist and Mel King, Neurophysiotherapist