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Sensory Integration for Professionals working with fostered, adopted or SGO children

20 & 21 July 2020 (Online)

Are you working with a fostered of adopted child from an early life background of significant harm? Did you know that a child’s sensory integration development can be undermined by maltreatment, deprivation, abuse, orphanage care; before and after birth?

You will learn on this course how to identify if a child has sensory integration difficulties that require specific professional intervention.

Have you ever wondered whether your own likes and dislikes may have a sensory basis?  Understanding your own sensory responses can help your understanding of the child.

Sensory Integration, which is also called Sensory Processing, is a dynamic neurological process that involves receiving sensory information from the environment and turning it into functional and adaptive responses, for work, rest and play. All day, every day, we receive sensory information through touch, hearing, sight, taste, smell, our muscles and joints and inner ear, as well as our internal organs. Sensory Integration “sorts, orders, and eventually puts all of the individual sensory inputs together into a whole brain function…..When the functions of the brain are whole and balanced, body movements are highly adaptive, learning is easy, and good behaviour is a natural outcome” (Ayres 1979), resulting in successful interaction in all aspects of daily life, at home, at school, at play, at work, and during social interactions.

Early life trauma can disrupt the development of the sensory systems showing up as, for instance, sensitivity to ordinary sounds and touch, that would not bother most people, as well as sensory-motor difficulties such as poor coordination, balance and clumsiness. This all has an impact on the development of self-regulation. If sensory difficulties are not resolved or understood, they can disrupt a parent’s and professional’s best efforts to help their child develop good attachments, enjoy school and participate in the normal everyday activities that bring joy and pleasure to most children.

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Course objectives

This 2 day course will give you an over-view of sensory integration theory, and look at the effects of trauma on sensory integration development.  The course will help you identify sensory integration difficulties and when to refer on, and provide you with strategies and tools to support the child you are working with to regulate their sensory system.

What skills will you take away?

  • You’ll learn about what sensory integration is
  • You’ll learn about the effects of trauma on sensory integration development
  • You’ll learn  how to identify if a child has difficulties with sensory integration
  • You’ll take away practical strategies and tools to support regulation
  •  You’ll take away answers to some of your questions about how to help your own child, both from the expert practitioner leading the day

12 hours CPD.

All course participants will receive a Certificate of attendance on completion of the course.

Who should attend?

Professionals, such as social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, paediatricians and psychiatrists, speech and language therapists, and psychotherapists  working in the field of adoption and fostering, and developmental trauma


Mandy Ruddock – Occupational Therapist and Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner Family Futures

Mandy joined Family Futures as the paediatric occupational therapist in 2011 and is the clinical lead for the OT team at Family Futures.  She has been an occupational therapist for thirty years working with a broad range of client groups ranging from adults in acute mental health services to working with people of all ages with a physical disability. She now focuses particularly on identifying the sensory issues that impact the quality and enjoyment of participation in everyday life of adopted and fostered children and their families, and supports the therapy team to integrate a sensory integration lens on their work. Mandy qualified as a Sensory Integration Practitioner in 2015 through the Sensory Integration Network UK.


Online (Zoom)

Course times: 10am - 4pm


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