A one-day course for practitioners who want to develop their understanding of how sensory differences can impact on people's engagement in activities and learning.
4 June 2019
Places are limited on this course, which is being delivered by Susan Fowler, the Senior Occupational Therapist with Scope's Positive Behaviour Support Team.
Susan has worked extensively in Australia and the UK, with over 25 years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist with a particular interest in providing services for people with disabilities.
This workshop focuses on the importance of understanding a person's sensory profile and sensory preferences in order to set up environments and activities that are motivating. In some situations, people are just passive observers of sensory programs rather than being active participants. Understanding a person's sensory profile can assist people to set up activities that promote participation and learning.
The relatively new Poly Vagal theory helps to explain why social interaction is so important for emotional regulation. This workshop will explain Poly Vagal Theory and participants can use their understanding of that theory to discuss different strategies to promote the 'social engagement system'.
The 8th sensory system 'interoception' will also be explored. Interoception provides feedback about internal bodily signals such as needing to eat, use the toilet or knowing you are getting anxious or upset. Having good interceptive awareness in therefore import for emotional regulartion. If a person does not recognise the increasing signs of arousal, they may not know they are getting upset until they display a behaviour of concern. During this workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss how knowledge of interoception can help explain why people appear to go from 0-100 as well as share ideas about strategies to develop interoceptive awareness.
- for people to complete their own sensory profile
- to describe the different quadrants of the sensory profile
- to explain how a person's sensory profile can have an impact on their ability to function in different environments
- to explain how conflict can arise if people who live and work together have different sensory profiles
- to give examples of 3 sensory calming activities
- to explain to others what interoception is and how this can have an impact on emotional regulation
- to name three strategies that can be used to improve interoceptive awareness (good interoception is important for emotional regulation)