Short course

Sensory Processing Dysfunction

Understand the principles of sensory integration and improve your practice

The use of sensory integration therapy, sensory strategies and other sensory-based interventions are becoming increasingly popular. This one-day awareness course enables participants to gain an insight into Ayres theory of sensory integration, including the key principles related to development, dysfunction and treatment. A brief overview of the sensory systems will enable an understanding of how sensory processing dysfunction can be displayed through problems with emotional control, attention, activities of daily living, movement and posture. This day will give guidance on how reducing or increasing sensory stimuli can help limit functional problems and behaviours. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the use of sensory-based strategies and sensory integration therapy.

  • Location – York campus or can be delivered for organisations offsite
  • Duration – One-day study day
  • Start date – 8th November 2019  Flexible
  • Facilitators - Michelle Field

Course Fees

    £95 For self-funded individuals

    Health Education England funding available Funding criteria

Course information

By attending this course you will:

This day will give guidance on how reducing or increasing sensory stimuli can help limit functional problems and behaviours. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the use of sensory-based strategies and sensory integration therapy.

  • An understanding of sensory processing
  • An insight into Ayres Sensory Integration theory
  • A brief overview of the sensory systems
  • How sensory processing affects emotions, attention, movement and posture
  • To identify behaviours that may indicate sensory processing problems
  • The clinical reasoning for sensory based treatment approaches.

Occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists or other professionals. Students, carers, parents, teachers and teaching assistants and any others who feel a greater awareness of sensory processing may be beneficial when supporting people.

What difference will it make to my attendees?

Attendees will improve practice by identifying and working with children and adults with sensory processing dysfunction. Attendees will be able to understand the principles of sensory integration and apply them to their daily work. They will also gain an understanding of the importance of the foundation upon which assessment and treatment approaches are based. 

Benefits to the employee

  • This course will offer ideas for possible sensory based assessment and treatment approaches, whilst understanding the precautions to be adhered to when using these approaches. It will enable you to identify further training to develop these skills. 

Benefits to the employer

  • Identify areas for service development and further training needs. Examples of current practice will be provided.

 

Course leader biographies

Michelle Field completed a BHSc in Occupational Therapy and a MSc in Health and Social Care studies at York St John University and has practiced as an Occupational Therapist for over 13 years working in many different areas of practice. She currently works as an Advanced Occupational Therapist in Adult Learning Disabilities and also qualified as an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration Therapy with a Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration at Ulster University in conjunction with the sensory integration network. Michelle is currently completing a Professional Doctoral Thesis on Autism and Ideation, an aspect of Ayres Sensory Integration Theory.

Michelle is currently completing a Professional Doctoral Thesis on Autism and Ideation, an aspect of Ayres Sensory Integration Theory.

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