Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder

Date of Next Course:  10, 11 and 18 November 2021

Location: Online training course with a maximum number of 20 participants

Course Tutor: Julia Dyer MCSP BSc (Hons),  Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner, Consultant Children’s Physiotherapist


Some people don’t behave as we expect them to – not because they won’t, but because they can’t.

Inefficient processing of sensory messages that come from their body and environment often cause this unexpected behaviour. These people may withdraw from physical contact, refuse to participate in typical classroom and playground activities, be unable to sit still in class, or respond in an unusual way to ordinary sensations such as touch, movement, smells and sounds.

Some of these people may have a medical diagnosis such as autistic spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyspraxia or developmental coordination disorder, but many people will have no such diagnosis.

"One of the best courses I've attended! I am taking away some good ideas and a whole new way of thinking about behaviour"



The aim of this popular course is to provide teachers and health professionals with an understanding of sensory processing disorder and the everyday difficulties that children and adults experience at school, home and other settings. The main focus of this course will be to give participants the tools necessary to identify and analyse sensory behaviours, and then set up simple and appropriate sensory strategies.

"I felt this course has 'opened up' my 'mind/eyes' about behaviours and how these may link to sensory processing problems."


Who should attend:

Teachers, teaching assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, school nurses, nursery nurses, psychologists, social workers, play therapists, social care staff, parents and other individuals seeking to gain a better understanding of sensory processing disorder.

"All of the content was fantastic, but I feel that day 3 of the online course was brilliant; being able to talk about an individual and analyse their behaviour. "


Course delivery:

The course will be delivered using Zoom but recreating, as much as possible, all the positive aspects of an in-person course including learning together in small groups. One of my core beliefs is that for genuine understanding and learning to occur you, as the learner, need to be actively engaged in the learning process.     To find out more see here

Learning objectives:

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define the terms ‘sensory integration ’ and ‘sensory processing disorder’
  • Explain the functions of the main sensory systems
  • Recognise different types of behaviour arising from sensory processing disorder
  • Show how sensory processing disorder impacts on regulation, engagement, learning and behaviour
  • Design individualised strategies and programmes to assist the person in school, home and other settings

For more detailed information download the course programme

"I am going away with a repertoire of strategies to use in the classroom and a greater understanding of various behaviours."


Cost of course:

Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder (Sensory Course 1). Course for teachers and health care professionals. North west UK.£395 for a single place

£200 for a parent place


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"I will go away and recommend that the carers and teachers I work with (and parents) attend this course!"

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