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Applying SI Therapy Principles with Older Adults

Live webinar

  • Open to all.

  • 5.5 hours - Live, interactive, online training day will start at 9.30 am UK time. The course will finish at 3:00 pm. There will be 3 sessions of 1.5 hours with a 30 minute break between each session.

  • New dates coming soon.

  • Includes Certificate of Completion and CPD Points.

  • £49 GBP - includes access to the recorded webinar for 30 days


  • This one-day live online training day will provide an overview of ways in which therapists can combine Sensory Integration therapy into personalised and everyday life activities for those living with organic brain disorders, such as dementia. Participants will learn about strategies to support this client group in a range of settings and how to adapt their approach as their client’s needs change and towards end-of-life care. 
  • It will give participants an increased understanding and knowledge of sensory processing techniques and how they can be applied to older adults with organic brain disorders.
  • It will increase participants' confidence in devising sensory treatment strategies and plans for clients with dementia and other organic brain disorders.


  • This webinar will explore how therapists can apply SI strategies to older adult populations. Our particular focus will be on dementia and other organic conditions.
  • Learn about brain science evidence that supports the theory of sensory integration and sensory integration difficulties. 
  • The training day will look at how therapists can use their skills and knowledge in a range of settings including working in the community, care home and inpatient. 
  • Understand what happens in the brain and body in healthy ageing and in neurocognitive disorders 
  • Develop the skills to identify behaviours that challenge participation might be helped with a sensory integration approach 
  • Produce personalised and individual sensory treatment plans embedded in everyday familiar activities 
  • Explore ways in which the environment can be adapted, to be more dementia and sensory-friendly spaces 
  • Understand the role of sleep in optimising brain function

Who should attend this live online training day?

  • This course is an introductory course for occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists new to sensory integration. 
  • It is also suitable for nurses, social workers and other health and social care workers delivering therapy or care to older adults.

Technology Requirements

The participant will access the Zoom webinar through this website. Zoom does not currently support the Safari browser, so please use Chrome, Firefox, or Edge Chromium.

CPD Standards


What our participants say


Clare Harrison

It will provide a very clear overview of sensory processing in older adults and what your role can be without being SI trained.


This course will definitely help you to better understand some of the challenges we face as OT's when working with people with dementia. Once you understand more, it is easier to put appropriate strategies and interventions in place and develop a better sense of what is appropriate and why.


Thank you for a brilliant day - I really enjoyed it. Now I want to do the first three modules!!


Alice Smith-Connor

It has improved my knowledge and confidence in treating patients. My patients will benefit hugely from the knowledge I have gained (in fact, they already have, this morning!).


The training was really helpful in terms of increasing my understanding of the our client group but also my own professional development. I has enabled me to think about my clients from an SI perspective and consider that certain patients' presentations and behaviours could be explained by sensory problems.


I thoroughly enjoyed the day. It has given me skills and "fresh eyes" to interpret observed behaviours.

Equipment Designer

Alison Power

Definitely do it if you work with adults with special needs and dementia.


An increased awareness of the impact of too much or too little re: sensory thresholds And the use of proprioception re: SI approaches. Prior to the course I would have been focused more on the visual and auditory!!


Speech and Language Therapist and Advanced SI Practitioner

Amy Stephens

You can see more about Amy Stephens on her website here.

Occopational Therapist and Advanced SI PractitionereMentor

Fiona Piddington

My Journey into Sensory Integration

My journey to Sensory Integration began several years ago while working in a school for children with complex learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. I saw the benefits of SI and attended an Introduction to Sensory Integration training course with the SI Network to find out more. I was fascinated and began studying the modules to become an SI practitioner.

Shortly after, I returned to working with adults with a learning disability within an NHS, specialist learning disability service and quickly saw the benefits of using an SI approach in my work. The positive impact it had on service users was amazing. I was given the opportunity to complete module 4 and become an advanced practitioner. I continue to be passionate about using SI with adults and embedding the approach within my team.

How I use SI in my practice

My Sensory Integration knowledge has enabled me to develop a sensory pathway within our team, raising the profile and understanding of SI within the multidisciplinary teams and the impact sensory integration difficulties can have on an individual's occupational performance and behaviour.

Principles of SI guide my clinical reasoning, assessments, treatment planning and interventions and enable me to work closely with clients, their families and the staff supporting them.

I have helped develop a special interest group base that attracts attendees from both NHS and private organisations, as well as individual therapists, which promotes some interesting discussion and knowledge sharing.

Why I am committed to supporting others to study SI

I am passionate about Sensory Integration and the positive impact it can have for individuals across the lifespan.

I enjoy working with students who are developing their knowledge in this field and encouraging them to develop their clinical reasoning skills to show how ideas can be transferred and adapted from children to adults.

I valued the support I received while training, through mentoring and study groups and am delighted to have the opportunity to provide that support to those starting their SI journeys!

Course curriculum

Book your place now

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