Brought to you by the organisers of The Autism Show

klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

Understanding Sensory Processing & Autism

An online learning series

Stream all webinars for 30 days

This online learning series will explore the sensory difficulties experienced by autistic children and adults. We’ll provide you with a deeper understanding of sensory processing disorder and offer practical strategies for home and the classroom.

Our team of leading autism professionals will look at how differences in processing sensory information can affect the ability to learn in school, function in the workplace, form friendships and interact within a family.

Learnings include:

      • How does sensory processing disorder impact on development and learning?
      • Understanding the link between sensory difficulties and distressed behaviour
      • Strategies for reducing common sensory triggers at home and in the classroom
      • Understanding sensory modulation, sensory discrimination and sensory-based motor disorders
      • How does sensory processing disorder feel for the person experiencing it?
      • How to create and effectively use a sensory room/space for autistic individuals

All content is CPD certified and a CPD Certificate of Attendance is available upon request.

Day 1: Understanding Sensory Processing & Autism

SessionTitleSpeaker
1.15, 9, 21, 53… how many senses do we have, how do they work and what do they do?
  • Understanding our distal senses - vision, hearing and smell
  • Understanding our proximal senses - touch, taste, vestibular, proprioception and interoception
  • How do these different senses work?
  • What do they do for us?
  • Sue Allen, Consultant Occupational Therapist, Senior Lecturer and Researcher
    1.2Understanding sensory processing disorder
  • Understanding sensory modulation, sensory discrimination and sensory-based motor disorders 
  • SPD vs SI – what’s the difference and does it really matter?
  • The diagnosis debate
  • The importance of a good description of SPD
  • What is the evidence base for treatments
  • Laura Graham, Occupational Therapist and Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration Therapy
    1.3My sensory day – the impact of SPD on daily life, development and learning for autistic individuals
  • How does SPD feel for the person experiencing it?
  • What is the impact of SPD on daily life?
  • How does SPD impact on development and learning?
  • Understanding the link between sensory issues and distressed behaviour
  • Reece Coker, SEND Workshops and Training Manager at POINT
    1.4Specific strategies to use at home and at school to help individuals who experience sensory differences
  • Strategies for hypo- and hyper-sensitivity, sense by sense
  • Understanding why ‘the when’ is as important as ‘the what’
  • Sensory circuits/movement breaks - what are they and how to set them up?
  • Creating a framework for monitoring whether sensory strategies are succeeding
  • "If at first you don’t succeed…" - what to do if your strategies aren’t working
  • Alison Neal, Consultant Occupational Therapist and Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration Therapy
    1.5Putting the function into sensory – hints and tips for getting a referral to an OT
  • What are the key aspects of sensory difficulty that should require a referral to an OT?
  • Keywords and ways to present sensory difficulty to make a successful referral more likely
  • Questions to ask your OT about their experience and qualifications
  • Alison Neal, Consultant Occupational Therapist and Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration Therapy
    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    Sue Allen is a Consultant Occupational Therapist based in Singapore and the UK.

    Sue is a clinician, lecturer and researcher. Sue has worked as an Occupational Therapist for 27 years in both hospital, school and community settings and has a keen interest in improving quality of life for children and their families. Sue served on the SI Network Board of directors from 2005 and was Chairman from 2008 to 2013. Sue is a marker for SI2/3 and 4 and a mentor for SI4 and a Recognised Lecturer with University of Ulster. Sue was awarded her Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner Certificate (2005) and a Sensory Integration Network Fellowship (2013)

    Research interests include therapy outcomes, supporting families and sensory processing in dyspraxia. Sue is currently involved in projects with University of Reading and University of Ulster and is the primary recipient of an SI Network Research Grant supporting the identification of incidence of sensory processing difficulties in children with dyspraxia.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    Laura Graham is an independent occupational therapist working with children and young people across a range of settings.

    Laura is an advanced practitioner in Sensory Integration and provides occupational therapy support to a range of mainstream, special and independent education provisions across the Midlands. Laura has a special interest in the links between sensory processing and early childhood trauma and provides services via a number of local authorities to support children and young people who have experienced adverse early childhoods and attachment disruption.

    Laura has been recognised by the Queens Nurses Institute for her work, via the innovation and leadership award and has also been acknowledged by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists children’s, young people and families specialist section at conference for her presentations. She has lectured for the Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland and is due to publish her first book later in 2021.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    Reece M Coker is an autistic individual and a passionate autism advocate.

    As a fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and Royal Society of Public Health, he is an experienced trainer, qualified psychologist, and sector expert within the subjects of Positive Psychology, Motivation, Organisational Development and Culture, Neurodiversity and Inclusion, and Business Management.

    A senior manager within the corporate, commercial and not-for-profit sectors, Reece is passionate about learning and development at all levels. He completed his Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at Bucks New University in 2016, where his research focused on hope and fear, and is currently completing a PhD in Education and Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University with a focus on courage, anxiety, and autism.

    He leads and lectures on the Positive Psychology and Autism Awareness in Practice Programmes at the PPG Autism Centre.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    Alison Neal is the Director of Midlands Occupational Therapy and provides specialist occupational therapy services for children and young adults with a range of difficulties.

    Alison is an advanced practitioner in sensory integration therapy; she has several years experience of providing post graduate training to other therapists on this subject and has co-authored a book on sensory movement breaks. Alison works with families, children and young people at home and in a variety of mainstream or special schools and colleges to find solutions to everyday problems that actually work and can be implemented at home or school. She can also offer assessments for EHC plans and tribunals where necessary.

    Within 24 hours of your booking, you will receive an email containing personal login details to stream all of the recorded webinars and view the available presentation slides for a 30 day period.

    If you don’t receive your login details, or have any difficulty accessing the webinars, please contact us at info@autismlearns.co.uk.

    Streaming Cost£74.99

    •This is the cost for 30 day access to edited recordings of all webinars from Understanding Sensory Processing & Autism.
    •£6.43 booking fee applies.
    •A CPD Certificate of Attendance is available upon request. Please email info@autismshow.co.uk.

    Day 2: Understanding Sensory Processing & Autism

    SessionTitleSpeaker
    2.1Top tips for reducing common sensory triggers at home and in the classroom
  • Understanding the common sensory triggers at home and how to reduce or eliminate them
  • Understanding the common sensory triggers in the classroom and how to reduce or eliminate them
  • Kim Griffin, Independent Occupational Therapist at GriffinOT
    2.2Eating difficulties and food refusal for autistic children and young adults
  • The problems of a restricted diet and what to look out for
  • Finding the cause of food refusal and eating difficulties
  • Common food issues and ways to address them
  • Sarah Mason, Speech and Language Therapist at Birmingham Food Refusal Services
    2.3How to create and effectively use a sensory room/space for autistic individuals
  • How to create sensory rooms or spaces for different age groups and needs
  • Using sensory rooms or spaces properly
  • Why isn’t it helping? Common mistakes in the use of sensory rooms and spaces
  • Laura Graham , Occupational Therapist and Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration Therapy
    2.4Intensive Interaction – the importance of body language in communication  
  • What is Intensive Interaction?
  • Tuning-in and knowing when to respond using body language instead of words.
  • Key principles of Intensive Interaction.
  • How to use Intensive Interaction in a sensory space and at home
  • Amandine Mouriere, Autism and Learning Disability Consultant and Associate of the Intensive Interaction Institute
    2.5Life through a kaleidoscope: understanding Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (Irlen Syndrome)
  • The differences between sensory integration and perception challenges
  • Paul Isaacs, Trainer, Consultant and Author
    2.6Understanding face, object and meaning blindness 
  • The sensory perceptional issues that are common in autism
  • Paul Isaacs, Trainer, Consultant and Author
    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    Kim Griffin is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist and founder of GriffinOT.

    Kim qualified as an occupational therapist in Australia in 2003. Since then, she’s had the privilege of working with many children and their families, as well as teachers in Australia, Ireland and the UK. A core focus of her career has been helping children who have sensory processing differences and/or motor skill challenges. This includes extensive experience supporting children with autism/ASD, developmental delays, dyspraxia/DCD and specific learning difficulties. In addition, she’s completed training with many of the leaders in the field of sensory integration, such as Lucy Miller and Zoe Mailloux.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    Sarah Mason (MSc, MPhil, MRCSLT) is a Speech and Language Therapist at Birmingham Food Refusal Services and one of the UK’s leading Speech and Language therapists in the field of food acceptance and refusal.

    Sarah has worked with children with feeding difficulties for more than twenty years. She was employed by Birmingham Children’s Hospital from 1992 to 2012, latterly as Head of the Department. Her particular specialism was childhood feeding difficulties, providing clinical services to inpatients. Many of these children had problems related to their medical conditions and the interruption to the normal process of weaning onto solid foods in the first year of life. Frequently children would refuse foods orally and therefore did not develop the oral skills for eating and drinking. These problems brought her into contact with Dr Gillian Harris, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and together they set up a joint feeding clinic at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 1998. Through this work she encountered children with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) and developed an understanding of why children refuse foods.

    Following her retirement from the NHS in 2012, Sarah is continuing her interest in feeding difficulties through teaching and consulting work. She is an Associate of Birmingham University and a member of the National Steering Group for Childhood Feeding Disorders. She is an experienced presenter of formal and informal lectures to a wide range of audiences.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    Laura Graham is an independent Occupational Therapist working with children and young people across a range of settings. Laura is an advanced practitioner in Sensory Integration and provides occupational therapy support to a range of mainstream, special and independent education provisions across the midlands. She has a special interest in the links between sensory processing and early childhood trauma and provides services via a number of local authorities to support children and young people who have experienced adverse early childhoods and attachment disruption.

    Laura has been recognised by the Queens Nurses Institute for her work, via the innovation and leadership award and has also been acknowledged by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists children’s, young people and families specialist section at conference for her presentations. She has lectured for the Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland and is due to publish her first book later in 2021.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    Amandine Mourière is an Autism and Learning Disability Consultant and Associate of the Intensive Interaction Institute.

    Amandine has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and autism for over 10 years. She developed a deep interest in autism whilst working in schools as a teaching assistant and discovered Intensive Interaction in that post. Amandine decided to study Intensive Interaction further and completed her Masters in Autism in 2014. She is now a free-lance autism and learning disability consultant and Associate of the Intensive Interaction Institute. Her role includes giving training courses in the UK and other countries, workplace and family consultation, writing articles, books and training materials.

    klsjdajsdhaksjdhasj

    Paul Isaacs has been a speaker, trainer and consultant for eight years and has spoken at many national events on the subject of autism. He has authored five books and contributed to other books on the subject of autism. He is also a blogger and creative consultant on the the cartoon Pablo, supplying story ideas, perspectives and content.

    Within 24 hours of your booking, you will receive an email containing personal login details to stream all of the recorded webinars and view the available presentation slides for a 30 day period.

    If you don’t receive your login details, or have any difficulty accessing the webinars, please contact us at info@autismlearns.co.uk.

    Streaming Cost£74.99

    •This is the cost for 30 day access to edited recordings of all webinars from Understanding Sensory Processing & Autism.
    •£6.43 booking fee applies.
    •A CPD Certificate of Attendance is available upon request. Please email info@autismshow.co.uk.