A few weeks ago, I was very fortunate to be able to attend the first world OT conference in Cape Town, South Africa. We were gathered at the southern tip of Africa because of the life and work of Dr Jean Ayres. Her incredible work has been continued through the efforts of her passionate and dedicated scholars such as Susanne Roley-Smith, Zoe Mailloux and Diane Parham, who were the keynote speakers at the conference.
I have never been able to travel light. I am a ‘just in case’ type of person and so tend to over estimate what I might need. The time I spend rummaging in my bag is a constant source of amusement to my family. They call it my hobby! Being an Occupational Therapist, based mainly in the community, presents a particular challenge for me. What can I possibly afford to leave behind? To which I usually answer…. not much.
Transforming a blank space into a Sensory Integration room is no easy task, it involves a lot of creative thinking, imagination and planning due to the sheer amount of limitless options! We encountered this very situation when creating our unique space some four years ago now and if things go to plan we will be embarking on another journey to create even bigger and better Sensory Integration facilities in the near future (watch this space!).
To think it was only a year ago when my sensory world was turned upside down. Up until then I had only a very basic understanding of Sensory Integration and the difficulties it can cause in everyday life. Now you can’t shut me up about it.