SI and special interest groups support therapists and other professional members through the development of local networks. These provide opportunities for sharing research, understanding sensory integration and promoting excellence in practice.
- Develop and support local networking
- Providing opportunities for members to support each other
- Create possibilities for peer support and mentoring
- Encourage review and dissemination of published research and articles of interest
- Share ideas, innovative and emerging best practice
Start your own group
Did you know you can get a grant of £100 towards the setting up or running of a local Sensory Integration regional group?
What you have to do:
- Find a least 5 colleagues who are SIE members.
- Contact us to let us know your group name, contact person, regional area, meeting dates etc.
What we do:
- Send you £100
- Publicise your group's activities on the website and in the EmphaSIze Newsletter email.
All groups will need to identify a co-ordinator, who will help organise local meetings and study days etc. For example:
- Setting up dates and venues for the year
- Co-ordinating the organisation of meetings
- Arranging the ‘Speaker Schedule’ and communicating with visiting speakers
- Arranging opportunities to hear feedback about recent courses; books, equipment and research article reviews, Journal club
- Submitting feedback and meeting dates for publication in the EmphaSIze Newsletter and website
You can also network online via our Facebook groups here.
Devon and Cornwall SI Group
Contact: Simon Curtis (Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, Newton Abbot, England)
Dorset SI Group
Contact: Anna Willis [email protected] We meet every 4 months and keep in touch through a WhatsApp group in-between meetings
Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Enfield SI Group
Contact: Fiona Taylor ([email protected]) or Sandi O'Neill (mailto:[email protected]) Meetings are held three monthly in Hatfield. Although hosted by Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust, the group is open to any professionals with an interest in Sensory Integration working with adults. Members work with adults with Learning disabilities, mental health and within Older Peoples services.
Middle England SI Group
Contact: Jane Bamford ([email protected])
Norfolk and East SI Group
Contact: Simon Pearce ([email protected]) Aims: To provide a forum to discuss sensory integration (SI) for adults with LD/ ASC/ mental health, community, inpatient and secure settings. To provide networking opportunities and support for SI practitioners working in the region. To share knowledge, news, experience and best practice in the SI field. We meet 4 times a year and meetings are hosted and chaired on a rotational basis.
North East SI Group
Contact: Belinda Allman ([email protected]) The group's focus is Adults; CAMHS; Community; In-patient; Learning Disability; Mental Health
North West and Yorkshire Regional Specialist Interest Group
Contact: Sara Kennard ([email protected])
South Coast SI Group
Contact: Neil Catty ([email protected]) or Helen Nunn ([email protected]) A welcoming group that meets four times a year to discuss topics related to Sensory Integration, discuss cases, share resources, and look at research or developments in practice. We also host an away day once a year. Anyone welcome with an interest in Sensory Integration.
South Wales and West SI Group
Contact: Beverley Williams ([email protected])
Scotland SI Group
Contact: Catherine Morris We are a group of mainly occupational therapists, (including Advanced SI Practitioners) and some Speech and Language Therapists meeting up to 4 times a year. Clinical areas: Paediatrics, Adult Learning Disability, Adult Mental Health, Adult Autism Services. Why not join our closed Facebook group? If you would like to attend, please register on Sensory Integration Education's Therapists Scotland Facebook page or contact Catherine Morris for more information. Please bring photographic ID for the reception staff.
Sussex SI Group
• Contact: Jenny Carey, [email protected] • Aims: To share best practice and research in sensory integration for those working with children and young people. To provide networking opportunities and support for practitioners using SI. • Meetings: 6 times per year / once every half term • Upcoming meetings: • Date of next meeting tbc • Time: 7 to 8.30 pm • Please contact Jenny if you’d like to attend
Yorkshire SI Group
Yorkshire SI Forum Contact Person: Louise Holdsworth (OT-SI) ([email protected]) Yorkshire and surrounding areas Meeting dates: every 8 weeks for 2 hours. Locations will vary depending on who wants to host us.