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Sensory Attachment Intervention Introductory 2 Day Training with Éadaoin

Inspire Me Events Ltd

Thursday, 28 March 2019 at 09:30 - Friday, 29 March 2019 at 16:30 (GMT)

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This practical two-day course is for professionals working in the fields of Education, Health, and Social Care. The course reviews the current neuroscientific and attachment theories and how they can inform our daily practice. Consideration is given to the impact of sensory processing and attachment issues on family relationships, and on the child’s academic performance. Participants will learn about the core principles of regulation and co-regulation used to regulate emotional states and behaviour.

Over the course of the two days you will learn:
◊ The Four Levels of Self-Regulation and how these inform choice of intervention.
◊ The Co-Regulation Process of Attachment –Profiling parents’ and children’s sensory & attachment patterns. Implications for Fostering and Adoption.
◊ How to bolt SAI principles onto your models of practice.
◊ The regulating properties of food and play.
◊ Enriched Environment Provision in the home, school, clinical and contact centre settings

This course is prerequisite training for the following courses:

The Just Right State Programme for Children and Parents.

and SAI Level Two for Professionals.

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.

** Please note this course is for Professionals only, such as Teachers, Social Workers, Clinicians, Teaching Assistants Cannot attend


Fee of £300 is for both days including hot buffet lunch and refreshments throughout

Do you have questions about Sensory Attachment Intervention Introductory 2 Day Training with Éadaoin? Contact Inspire Me Events Ltd

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

Thursday, 28 March 2019 at 09:30 - Friday, 29 March 2019 at 16:30 (GMT)

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