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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.

Making Sense of My Child – understanding Sensory Integration for parents/carers

2 & 3 June 2020

A two-day course for adoptive parents, foster carers and special guardians provides an understanding of  Sensory Integration to enhance your relationship with your child.

Are you parenting or caring for a 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?

Have you ever wondered whether your own likes and dislikes may have a sensory basis?  You will learn on this course how understanding your own sensory responses can help your child understand their own, and improve your relationship with them.

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 behavior 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 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.

*It is ideal to attend all of the parent training’s as they link well together, however each training has been thoughtfully created to be delivered individually too.

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Course objectives

This 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 provide you with strategies and tools to help you support your child to regulate their sensory system.

What skills will you take away?

You will:

  • learn about what sensory integration is, and how it relates to your child and you
  • learn about the effects of trauma on sensory integration development
  • learn how to identify if your child has difficulties with sensory integration
  • take away practical strategies and tools to support you and your child
  • take away 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

Who should attend?

Parents, carers and relatives of an adopted or fostered child and people who are considering adoption and fostering.  A few  professionals from the field of LAC and adoption are welcome to join if the dates for the SI training for professionals are not convenient.


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.



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

Course times: 10am - 4pm


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