Introduction to Sensory Awareness and Movement Differences

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haping a Good Life: An Introduction to Sensory and Movement Differences is a highly interactive workshop, full of real life examples and scenarios.

It will leave you with practical accommodations, strategies and ideas you can apply for yourself, a family member or a person you support. It can be particularly enlightening for those who have diagnoses of Autism or other neurological difference, their families and supporters.

Introduction to Sensory Processing & Movement Disorders training assists people to better understand their needs without the need to display behaviours. The information from this training when applied can be used as a tool to reduce the displays of challenging behaviour by exploring the alternative strategies that meets people needs more appropriately.

At the start of my career in this sector over 25 years ago I worked hands on, with a lady who displayed what I perceived at the time was extreme behaviour. When I asked management what was going on I was told “it’s about her sensory processing” however I could not understand what thumping her knees on to the floor had to do with it. So began my exploration of Sensory Processing & Movement Disorders. In 2009 I was part of the Mentors group with the Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services under the supervision of Professor Anne Donnellan (USA) & Martha Leary MA, CCC-SLP (Canada). Where we were explored a sensory processing and movement disorders program as potential mentors.

Following that experience I co-designed with my colleague Mr Karl Jacks an eight-hour training program specifically to inform & educate support workers, families, participants, and other professionals about what a Sensory Processing & Movement Disorders is. In the case of the support team and families this was to help them to understand & explore the persons needs of the people that they support and to try to meet the persons needs more effectively. In the case of the participants this was to assist them to understand themselves better and help them to identify what they could do to better meet their needs. In the case of other professionals this program gives them something else to consider when presented with someone whose presentation and behaviour is confusing. This program includes a certificate of attendance & workbook to enable people to capture the information about a specific person.

  • Developing foundational knowledge in Sensory & Movement differences and building upon this with practical applications, tools and examples.
  • Overview of the senses; functions and physiology
  • Sensory Integration Dysfunction, and related disorders
  • Common difficulties/observations for people with hypo/hyper arousal of each sense.
  • Practical sensory experiences; understanding own preferences
  • Sensory modulation in relation to anxiety and behaviour
  • Practical support and management ideas
  • An introduction to movement differences
  • Price on application.
  • Fixed price for up to 20 people. (Maximum group size) People with sensory processing & movement difficulties (& accommodations will be made to help that happen)  & their families are encouraged to attend.

**Group therapy relies on participation and engagement from all participants, the more you become involved, the more likely you will benefit. Missed sessions can affect the group atmosphere which is an important component of group therapy, therefore, a commitment from the participant to attend every session is required. With the exception of emergencies or sickness, cancellation without 24 hour notice will incur a cancellation fee in line with NDIS guidelines and PODDSS policy**

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