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Sensory Attachment Intervention Conference - A Day with Éadaoin

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Friday, 12 October 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

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Day Attendance inc Lunch
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11 Oct 2018 £125.00 £0.00

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This training day is an introduction to Sensory Attachment Intervention. Éadaoin will explore how Sensory Attachment Intervention recognises the need to address sensory issues alongside attachment issues, an extremely powerful combination working with body, brain and mind. Through moving case material she will explain how children and teenagers can be helped to establish both emotional regulation and regulation of bodily arousal states. Éadaoin will demonstrate exactly how SAI provides enriched sensory and attachment experiences for troubled children and teenagers and why it is so effective.

A practical step-by-step guide to this integrative and neurosequential model.

Illustrated with photographs and video examples of case studies. Topics will include: the timing and choice of interventions for insecure avoidant and insecure ambivalent children, Enriched Environment Provision, and defining the term safe space in the context of current assessments and interventions.

On this day you will:
◊ Learn about the four levels of self-regulation.
◊ Differentiate between behaviours that are sensory based from behaviours that are attachment based.
◊ Creating an Enriched Environment in the Home and Clinic Settings.
◊ Understand the core fears of insecure children and how it informs our practice.

Benefits from attending this conference

  • Practical advice will be given on matching regulating activities to the child’s presenting pattern
  • Understand how to recognise the sensory-attachment needs of troubled children and teenagers
  • Video footage will include case examples of treating sensory processing disorder and developmental trauma
  • Learn to identify whether behaviour is sensory or attachment based
  • Learn how to emotionally regulate and physically regulate children with sensory and attachment needs in ways that mean they are no longer overwhelmed by sensation, emotion and everyday experiences
  • Learn how to set up a therapeutic sensory attachment setting (including vital play equipment)
  • Learn how parents can provide an enriched regulating environment in the home
  • Learn about the play and diet interventions that provide regulation for children and teenagers with sensory processing problems
  • Learn how to facilitate parent child co-regulation
  • Understand therapeutic change through sensory processing with the use of patterned, repetitive activation of the neural systems (Perry 2009)
  • Learn about the micro-analysis of parent-child engagement patterns 

A Little about Éadaoin and her Journey....

Éadaoin Bhreathnach is the Clinical Director of the Sensory Attachment Centre at Ash Cottage in Co Down, Northern Ireland. Éadaoin is a Consultant Occupational Therapist & Attachment Counsellor. She worked for fifteen years in the National Health Service as a clinical practitioner and in senior management. During that period she founded the Irish Sensory Integration Association and later collaborated with colleagues in England and Scotland to establish the Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland. 

In 1990 she set up in private practice to further develop her professional interest in Sensory Integration and Attachment Trauma. Statutory Agencies only referred their most challenging cases (children and adults), who either struggled with or resisted all interventions. She observed they shared common traits such as a heightened and a persistent sense of fear, an over or under reaction to sensory experiences, and difficulty engaging with others. She knew from her Sensory Integration training that regulation of arousal states is imperative before the individual can engage in tasks or with others. Her training in Attachment (DMM) also informed her how individuals are disposed to behave when their core fears are activated. Clinical observations led to a new awareness of how trauma impacts on sensory processing and led to changes in her clinical intervention.

Éadaoin noted that those who were hyperactive and aggressive responded well to activities that involved physical effort, whereas withdrawn individuals needed movement to become energized, vocal, and engaged. 

The most traumatised individuals presented with fluctuating patterns. Some children and adults had additional sensory processing difficulties which then required a differential diagnosis of whether behaviour was sensory based, attachment based or both. This led to a proposed nosology on sensory-attachment patterns and a SAI model of function, dysfunction, and intervention. 

Neuroscientists such as Perry highlight the need to carry out regulating activities little and often through out the day. If the activity is done with the attachment figure it has an even more powerful effect. The application of this is obvious from an Occupational Therapy perspective, regulation should be embedded into activities of daily living in the home and school settings.

Accepting this however involved a radical change from the notion of the child attending therapy once a week and the therapist being the regulator of the child in those sessions. In SAI the Carer is the regulator, whilst still allowing the child to lead the play. The change also involved using equipment in the clinic setting that can be used in home and school settings. All sessions are video taped and there is a separate feedback session with parents and social workers where footage is reviewed and reflected upon.  

While SAI draws from the latest neuroscientific research and well established models of practice, the next stage of development is research into the integrative elements of SAI.  Éadaoin is currently involved in collaborative research with colleagues and academics in the fields of attachment classification, cardiac physiology, occupational therapy and education. She is exploring the relationship between ANS stress patterns, Attachment Patterns and Sensory Processing Patterns with a view to developing new assessment and intervention tools.


Fee of £125 includes registration, buffet lunch and refreshments throughout

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The Three Swans Hotel
21 High Street
LE16 7NJ Market Harborough
United Kingdom

Friday, 12 October 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

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