Sensory Integration (S.I.) Paediatrics MODULE 1 ’15

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Information & Registration

 

LLLC1, “epimorfosis”, intends to organize a Sensory Integration (S.I.) Paediatrics course – MODULE 1.
The Basic course (MODUL 1) lasts 5 days and will take place in Cyprus:

on July, 01 – 05 2015 

The course fee is 550€.

All taxes are included in the course fee. An invoice will be issued by the full payment.

In order to finalize your registration and ensure a placement to this seminar, a down payment of 200€ must be deposited to one of the following accounts:

National Bank of Greece: IBAN GR6801102170000021744103439 SWIFT(BIC): ETHNGRAA or
Piraeus Bank of Greece: ΙΒΑΝ GR5501722380005238070348955 SWIFT(BIC): PIRBGRAA or
Alpha Bank of Greece: ΙΒΑΝ GR4801407080708002002013410 SWIFT(BIC): CRBAGRAA

Beneficiary: “epimorfosis” KENTRO EPIMORFOSIS STELECHON YGEIAS OE

You can also make your payments via credit card from the below links:

money-coinDEPOSIT (200€) money-coin1st/2nd INSTALLMENT (175€) money-coinPAYMENT OF THE ENTIRE AMOUNT(550€)

 

 

Dead-line date for registrations: June, 01 2015

The rest amount of 350€ (175 € + 175 €) must be deposited in our bank account or via credit card at least 2 days prior to the beginning day of each course.

In case of course cancellation, due to “epimorfosis”, the deposit will be refunded immediately.

To register, please fill in the registration form electronically.

The realization of the course will be confirmed by email or/and sms to be sent to participants.

It is advised to not buy your flight tickets (particularly if they are not refundable or flexible) until you receive this confirmation email.

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Athens’s Venue: Hotel OSCAR

25 Filadelfias & Samou, across the railway station
Tel. : +30 210 8834215 – 19
Room “PENELOPE”

 

 

LLLC1 “epimorfosis” has the right to change the seminar venue depending on the availability of course-rooms.

Number of Participants: The number of participants will not exceed 35 individuals. If stakeholders are more than 35 a waiting list will be kept based on the date of the finalization of participation (date of deposit).

At the end of the seminar, a certificate of attendance or competence will be issued.

Printed and electronic material (handouts) will be provided.

The course is addressed exclusively to Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

Course’s language is Greek.

| Information

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What is sensory integration?

Sensory experiences include touch, movement, body position, vision, smell, taste, sound and the pull of gravity. The process of the brain organising and interpreting this information is called sensory integration. Sensory integration provides a crucial foundation for later, more complex learning and behaviour.

For most children sensory integration develops in the course of ordinary childhood activities. But for some children, sensory integration does not develop as efficiently as it should. This is known as sensory processing disorder [SPD] or dysfunction in sensory integration [D.S.I.]. When the process is disordered a number of problems in learning, motor skills and behaviour may be evident.

The concept and theory of sensory integration comes from a body of work developed by Dr A. Jean Ayres, PhD, OTR, an occupational therapist who was based in California, U.S.A. As an occupational therapist, Dr. Ayres was interested in the way in which sensory processing and motor planning disorders interfere with activities of daily living and learning. This theory has been developed and refined by the research of Dr. Ayres, as well as other professionals. In addition, literature from the fields of neuropsychology, neurology, physiology, child development, psychology and the conducting of basic and applied research studies have contributed to the development of theory and intervention strategies.

Some signs of SPD/DSI:

  • Physical clumsiness
  • Difficulty learning new movements
  • Activity level unusually high or low
  • Poor body awareness
  • Inappropriate response to touch, movements, sights or sounds
  • Poor self esteem
  • Social and/or emotional difficulties

In addition there may be:

- Disturbance of attention, impulsivity, poor attention control.
- Delays in speech, language and / or motor skills.
- Specific learning difficulties and / or difficulties of perception
- Lack of self-care skills.

An important step in promoting sensory integration in children is to recognise that it exists and that it plays a vital role in their development.

Research has identified the main diagnostic groups linked with SPD/DSI:

  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (including Autism and Aspergers Syndrome)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D./A.D.D,)
  • Learning Disorders ( i.e. specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia)
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Fragile X Syndrome

Developmental Coordination Disorder [DCD] (including Dyspraxia)

What can be done?

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If a child is suspected of having SPD/DSI, an assessment can be carried out by a relevantly qualified occupational therapist, physiotherapist or speech and language therapist who has taken post-graduate training in sensory integration. Assessments usually consist of both standardized testing and structured observation of posture, balance and coordination as well as responses to their sensory environment. After carefully analysing test results and assessment data from other professionals and parents, the therapist will make recommendations regarding appropriate therapy and will provide a profile of the child’s sensory processing abilities and whether or not your child has a SPD/D.S.I.

One important aspect of therapy that uses a sensory integration approach is that the motivation of the child plays a crucial role in the selection of the activities. Most children tend to seek out activities that provide sensory experiences which will be beneficial to them at that point in their development. It is this active involvement and exploration that enables the child to become a more mature, efficient organizer of sensory information.

Specific skills training is not usually the focus of this therapy approach. When using a sensory integration model, the aim of therapy is to address the underlying conditions, rather than teaching a specific task.

Sensory Integration 1 – Theory and Intervention [P]

The course overviews the theory of Sensory Integration, assessment from a Sensory Integration perspective and treatment principles using Sensory Integration techniques. Lectures cover the sensory systems looking at their structure, neurology and function. Praxis and sensory modulation are discussed from an SI theory basis

Videos are used to illustrate theory, assessment and treatment. Participants are encouraged to bring up case studies for discussion.

The learning outcomes for this course are for the student to be able to:

1. Critically examine the postulates of Sensory Integration as a theory, assessment and model of intervention,
2. Critically examine the structures and their function within the central nervous system that influence sensory processing
3. Analyse critically the cluster types of sensory processing disorders, associated features/ behaviours and appropriate strategies for intervention
4. Evaluate the evidence base for Sensory Integration.)

Video demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtszqdr4GW4

 

| Instructor

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Dimitrios Myloandis, MScOT(paediatrics), BSc(Hons)OT Sensory Integration Specialist

Dimitrios Mylonadis is nationally recognised within the profession of occupational therapy in the area of sensory integration theory and practice. Dimitrios received his Bachelor of Science from the Technological Educational Institution of Athens: School of Health and Sciences, Division of Occupational Therapy in 2001. In 2002 he moved to London to study at a master’s level at the University of East London where he received a master of science in paediatric occupational therapy upon the completion of a major study in clinical reasoning.

Dimitrios holds post-graduate qualifications in Sensory Integration theory and practice from the Sensory Integration Network UK & Ireland and is actively involved in training, clinical practice and research. In addition, he has presented numerous workshops and training modules in Sensory Integration. Dimitrios has mainly been involved with mainstream children with learning, behavioural, and autistic spectrum disorders.

In September 2005 Dimitrios was appointed an executive member of the SI Network with responsibility for education and research and is now acknowledged as a national expert in the field of Sensory Integration.

From October 2005 till July 2006 Dimitrios worked as a lecturer on a part-time basis at Brunel University in West London.

Dimitrios is co-owner of Hopscotch Children’s Therapy Centre (www.hopscotchtherapy.co.uk), a fully private clinic in Harley Street in central London specialising in diagnostic assessments and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders.

 

| Time schedule

Day 1
08.30 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 10.30 Introduction to SI Theory
10.30 – 10.50 Break
10.50 – 13.00 Introduction to SI Theory
13.00 – 14.00 Break
14.00 – 15.30 Modulation and the Central Nervous System
15.30 – 15.50 Break
15.50 – 16.30 Modulation and the Central Nervous System
16.30 – 17.00 Q & A

Day 2
09.00 – 10.30 Vestibular System
10.30 – 10.50 Break
10.50 – 13.00 Visual System
13.00 – 14.00 Break
14.00 – 15.30 Auditory System
15.30 – 15.50 Break
15.50 – 16.30 Praxis Overview
16.30 – 17.00 Q & A

Day 3
09.00 – 10.30 Somatosensory System
10.30 – 10.50 Break
10.50 – 13.00 Praxis Overview

Day 4
09.00 – 10.30 Vestibular & Proprioceptive System Assessment & Treatment
10.30 – 10.50 Break
10.50 – 13.00 Somatosensory System Assessment & Treatment
13.00 – 14.00 Break
14.00 – 15.30 Modulation – Assessment & Treatment
15.30 – 15.50 Break
15.50 – 16.30 Modulation – Assessment & Treatment
16.30 – 17.00 Q & A

Day 5
09.00 – 10.30 Praxis – Assessment
10.30 – 10.50 Break
10.50 – 13.00 Praxis – Assessment
13.00 – 14.00 Break
14.00 – 15.30 Praxis – Treatment
15.30 – 15.50 Break
15.50 – 16.30 Praxis – Treatment
16.30 – 17.00 Q & A

Day 6
09.00 – 10.30 Research in Sensory Intergration
10.30 – 10.50 Break
10.50 – 13.00 Research in Sensory Intergration

 

| Suggested Hotels

You can make your own reservation declaring the name of epimorfosis.
ATHENS

Hotel OSCAR*** single room B&B 35 €.

More information: Tel.: +30 210 8834215 εως 19

This article was written by Alexandra