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The content of the course was excellent. It was presented very clearly. There was a lot I can take away to use in my work and in my personal life.

It was really interesting and informative. The activities were fun and completely related. The examples being used were helpful and showed how it works in practice.

The trainer was knowledgeable and energetic, and very easy to listen to.

Making Sense of My Child – A day on Sensory Integration

Are you parenting or caring for a child from a background of abuse, neglect or violence? Did you know that a child’s sensory and physiological development can be undermined by maltreatment, abuse and trauma?

The sensory system is the process through which the brain takes in, interprets and uses information from the body and the environment, to control and organise the body for daily activities of living and learning.

Early life trauma can disrupt the development of the sensory system showing up as, for instance, hyper-reactivity (over-responsivity) to sensory input from the environment, such as sounds and touch. It can also cause sensory motor difficulties such as poor coordination, balance and clumsiness. This will have an impact on the development of self regulation. If sensory difficulties are not resolved or understood, they can disrupt our best efforts to help the children resolve their attachment difficulties.

Additional information


Self-Funded Parent/Carer, Standard, Associate

Course objectives

This one-day course will look at the effects of trauma on the sensory system and provide you with strategies and tools to help you support your child to regulate their sensory system.

What skills will you take away?

  • You’ll learn about the effects of trauma on sensory integration
  • Learn how to identify if your child has difficulties with sensory integration
  • You’ll take away practical answers to some of your questions about how to help your own child, both from the expert practitioner leading the day and tried-and-tested ideas from other parents


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

Mandy has been an occupational therapist for thirty years working with a broad range of client groups, for example, ranging from adults in acute mental health services in the NHS, to working with people of all ages with a physical disability in social services.  She joined Family Futures as the paediatric occupational therapist in 2011, and focuses particularly on the sensory needs that impact the participation in everyday life of adopted and fostered children and their families. She qualified as a Sensory Integration Practitioner in 2015 through the Sensory Integration Network UK.


Family Futures CIC
3 & 4 Floral Place
7 - 9 Northampton Grove
London N1 2PL

Course times: 10am - 4pm


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