Announcements & Training - Sensory Connections - Providing innovative therapy services for children and families
Sensory Connections Occupational Therapy Services Pty Ltd
104 Keightley Road West,
Shenton Park, WA 6008
Tel/Fax:+61 8 9382 8538
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Announcements & Training

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DIR/Floortime Parent Workshop - Sunday 6th August 2017 - Venue: a centrally located venue TBA. This workshop is for parents who want to learn how to support their childs developmental progress through using a relationship and developmentally based approach. There is a chance for networking and information sharing between parents with our professional staff in attendance to offer support with any questions.

For information and a registration form please download the brochure, Click here

Kindy program - Currently taking bookings for terms in 2017 and 2018.

Our Kindy group program comprises a team made up of professionals from the fields of OT, SLP and early childhood education who are supported by a very enthusiastic and skilled group of volunteers. This is a developmental based program that focuses on the social emotional development of the young child to support development across other areas such as language, cognition, motor skills and independance. The group sessions take the form of 2 hour sessions twice per week. Each family is invited into individual occupational and Speech therapy parent coaching sessions outside of SHINE to facilitate follow over into the home and other environments.

The Kindy group replaces the SHINE program which has been running for 5 years now and we are vey pleased with how the program has developed. Here is some feedback given by a SHINE parent whose child is transitioning from the program.

"As a team you offer such a nurturing, safe and happy environment for our children as they battle against their individual challenged. You have always been nurturing, professional, human and honest. As a parent this has been important for us to know exactly how our children and progressing and what more we can do. ... ... I am so happy that our children can now move onto kindy and have the skills to manage socially and emotionally and have much stronger speech and language. They are a credit to you all and your efforts and I hope you are as proud of them as we are. ... I truly don't know where we would be without you all and without SHINE. It is such an important program and has the potential to help so many children in the future. ... Our lives are changed forever because of the changes our children have made and the important lessons we have learned. You have all been a part of this and I am / we are externally grateful ... please keep up your hard work and your belief in the children."

For information about the Kindy program please download the brochure, Click here

To read a Kindy / SHINE clients testimonial please, Click here

2017 - DIR / Floortime Australian regional trainings:

Sensory Connections presents our annual "The Action is in the Interaction": DIR/Floortime Australian regional trainings during July and August 2017. We are excited to announce that we will be presenting in an updated format which will enable progression of stages.

Facilitated by Mari Caulfield, SLP, Mari Caulfield Speech Pathology, Galway, Ireland, and Kathy Walmsley, Occupational Therapist, Sensory Connections, Perth. These training were fully sold out in 2016 so be sure to register early.

The Action Is In the Interaction series of trainings provide an introduction to DIR. Stage One is a general introduction whilst Stage two allows you more practice with introductory concepts and to support more discussion and case based analysis in a smaller group. These trainings have been developed following a demand for Australian based DIR professional developmental opportunities. Participating in both stages one and two with Sensory Connections will give you a foundational base in the DIR model of intervention and we offer a certificate of attendance.

The stage three and four The Action Is In the Action workshops have also been designed in response to local demand and again provide regionally relevant opportunities for support with clinical practice. To clarify Stage Three ( two days intensive small group ) and Stage 4 ( distance online monthly group meetings) are not progressive despite the numbering!. Both offer opportunities to present your clinical work in a small group and contribute to group discussions and either one are options depending upon what is most convenient and accessible for you. We do provide a certificate to confirm the group supervision hours to Stage three and four participants and provide individual recommendations on next steps to support their integration of DIR into their practice. Many practitioners also engage in one to one mentoring with us or one of our colleagues and this offers them deeper experience and confidence in their practice.

There are two organisational bodies in the US who offer accredited DIR based courses both are available to do online and at distance. These are the Interdisciplinary Council of Development and Learning DIR/Floortime training, and Profectum Training Programs/Certificates in DIR and FCD Kathy and Mari are affiliated with both of these organisations and we refer participants to pursue these online courses.

The Action Is In the Interaction trainings are supportive at a local and regional level and participants learn through seeing the application of DIR in our work with Australian and Irish children and families. They draw from our backgrounds as an Occupational therapist and Speech and Language therapist who have integrated the DIR model into our clinical goals and practice. These trainings have been well attended and evaluated by participants. The upcoming 2016 trainings will be the eigth time that Mari and Kathy have provided trainings together in Australia.

Stage 1

The first two days provide foundational training and are necessary pre requisites prior to registration in Stage Two of this workshop series. This stage one, two day introductory seminar is suitable for those who are working with children with autistic spectrum disorders, communication & learning difficulties, regulatory disorders & developmental delays. This training is designed for Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Child Psychologists, Social Workers, Educators, Medical Professionals, Child Health Nurses, and others working in the field of child development, early intervention and child care. Parents are welcome to register.

For information about the 2017 The Action is in the Interaction - Stage 1 training, please download the brochure, Click here

Stage 2

This is a two day smaller group workshop which follows on from stage one and has been designed in response to requests for extension of previous trainings. A prerequisite will be that participants have attended 2 or 3 day Introductory Sensory Connections training or an equivalent. Participants will be expected to be familiar with guidelines and framework used by Mari & Kathy previously. This training is designed for Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists. Child Psychologists, Social Workers, & others working in the field of early intervention & education are also welcome.

For information about the 2017 The Action is in the Interaction - Stage 2 training, please download the brochure, Click here

Stage 3

This workshop provides individualised clinical support through two days of intensive mentoring. Suitable for professionals who have completed Stage 1 and 2 (or previously a 3 day training event with us or equivalent), and are using the DIR Floortime approach into their clinical practice and wish to further deepen their understanding and integration. Participants will need to provide information to verify that they have suitable background training prior to acceptance at this workshop. Participants are required to prepare and share short case clips and clinical analysis based on a recommended framework provided by Mari & Kathy. We encourage organisations and regional groups to sponsor and organise this workshop in conjunction with us in a way that supports the professional development of individual therapists within geographical regions or work groups. Please inquire with us if you are interested in setting up a stage 3 mentoring workshop or go on a mailing list for future workshops.

For information about the 2017 The Action is in the Interaction - Stage 3 Mentoring Workshop in Sydney, please download the brochure, Click here

Stage 4

Professional Support & Tutoring - Distant Support for Agencies, Workplaces, and Individuals. These monthly based web sessions offer an environment where professionals can discuss and deepen knowledge about this philosophy and intervention through sharing their own case work. These are suitable for professionals who have completed Stages One and Two or equivalent and who are integrating DIR Floortime approach in their work. Please contact us if you are interested in joining a distance tutoring group or would like to set up a group for your agency or workplace.

For information about the 2017 The Action is in the Interaction - Stage 4 Web Based training, please download the brochure, Click here

Below is a selection of accommodations,relatively near to our therapy rooms in Shenton Park, WA 6008:

Quest on Rheola
18 Rheola Street, Perth, WA 6005, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9365 8999

Kings Park Motel
255 Thomas Street, Subiaco, WA 6008, Australia
Phone +61 8 9381 0000

Staywest Apartments
13/12-16 Onslow Road, Shenton Park, WA 6008, Australia
Phone 0428 580 409