I graduated as an Occupational Therapist 24 years ago. After the junior rotation I worked in Child Psychiatry carrying out behaviour programmes, play therapy and family therapy. I became aware that many children referred for behaviour problems, ADHD and ASD actually had sensory difficulties. I completed an MSc looking into this further. I then worked for 12 years in Norwich NHS. After this I started up the first Independent Sensory Integration Clinic in Norfolk. I qualified as a Sensory Integration Advanced Practitioner (modules 1-4) and currently use the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test to measure severity of Sensory Integration, this is a good indication on how well the central nervous system is working. I provide assessment information for EHCPs and schools, along with sensory motor programmes and classroom sensory strategies. Much of my work is with trauma children working with a wider team and a joint approach with psychotherapy, speech and language therapy and Sensory integration.
Tell tale signs of Sensory Integration Dysfunction will be briefly explored, videos will let you see what intervention looks like and what you can do at home or school. A brief outline of the neuroscience underpinning the symptoms will be presented, once you understand your child better, you will treat him/her differently and you will begin to recognise trigger points. Here are a few practical tips for you to watch and listen to, so that your pocket will be fuller with tools to use!