Sensory Processing Workshop
On Friday 3rd September, Hannah, Sam and Michelle met with 40 teachers, teaching assistants and special educational need coordinators (Senco) from Our Lady of Lourdes and Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Primary Schools to host the Sensory Processing Workshop.
The training took place at Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Primary School, on Leigh Lane in Bury. The training focused on how the teaching and support staff can be more aware and help young people who may struggle in the classroom when their senses are over or under-stimulated.
The training was provided by the specialised therapy team from Rehabilitation for Independence. Rehabilitation for Independence is an independent occupational therapy company, offering services to children and adults living with a range of neurological and physical difficulties. The team offer friendly, professional advice, techniques and interventional strategies to deal with all complexities. Utilising the latest in occupational science, therapy models and evidence-based interventions.
The school approached Rehabilitation for Independence’s sensory therapy team and asked them to deliver the training. It is believed that this pro-active approach and type of training will help children and positively inform the sensory pilot scheme currently being carried out between Rehabilitation for Independence, the Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and First Point Family Support Services.
The team provide a client-directed approach to maximise independence and offer training in a variety of locations including their Bury based clinic, the client’s home, workplace, nurseries, schools, colleges and the community, with the team well experienced in assessing both adults and children with sensory processing challenges the training was specially designed to focus on the following training objectives.
- “What is sensory processing”? how sensory processing differences can impact a child.
- “Sensory diets”, and strategies to support children with sensory processing difficulties in the classroom.
- “Sensory circuits” – how to structure sessions and model the alerting, organising, and calming structure.
In addition, all attendees were asked to state their own personal learning objectives at the start of the workshop so the team could gain a better understanding of what people needed to know.
Feedback from the workshop was overwhelmingly positive with each attendee stating they would recommend the training and that they had a better understanding of how sensory challenges can affect everyday life. Other comments included that attendees felt more confident applying the strategies discussed during the workshop, they felt the application of real-life examples was beneficial and that the session was engaging and enjoyable.