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March 24 2013 1 24 /03 /March /2013 15:49

Saturday, 23 March morning:   Romain (OT volunteer), Chloé (APA volunteer) and myself reached Kullu valley.  Early in the morning, I dropped Romain and Chloé near Tapu bridge in Kullu, where they were met by Karen - thank you Karen for getting up so early to great us.  I finished the bus ride up to Manali to meet again my friends and "second" family,  settle down in my room and find a happy rest after this long journey from France. This morning, when woking up I was surprised to see the whole landscape covered with heavy snow!


Our permanent OT, Shruti More, also reached Kullu early in the morning today after spending 10 days in Delhi to attend a two-set sensory course and from the message she sent me tonight this was a great experience.  Here is her post, thank you Shruti for sharing this with us.


Dominique, 24 March 2013



A Sensory Integration Certification Program, conducted by The University of Southern California Division of Occupational Therapy and Western Psychological Services, was organized in Delhi in March 2013. The Course was facilitated by Shell J Lane, PhD, OTR/L Virginia Commonwealth University, and Elisabeth Soechting OTR, California.


The Sensory Integration Perspective, course 1, provided an overview of sensory integration and in-depth information on its theoretical foundations, basic science supporting the theory and evidence supporting the evaluation of the theory of practice. The theory was broken down into functional contributions of the individual sensory system, praxis and their impact on everyday activities. It provided insight into methods and procedures used in sensory integrative interventional strategies.


The Sensory Integration Intervention, course 4, provided clinical reasoning strategies for designing and implementing intervention using a sensory integration frame of reference. It explained the rationale behind the use of an activity to facilitate adaptive response and the relationship of an adaptive response to a child’s occupational engagement. Implementing sensory strategies in various settings including home, school and community was explained.


In the light of the confusion over the diagnoses of Sensory Processing Dysfunctions and over simplification of sensory integration intervention, the course was a real eye opener. With an increasing number of children being referred to the Handimachal Kullu Therapy Unit with Attention Deficit Disorder or Autism and children who fall within the spectrum, a need for developing a Sensory Integration Clinic is apparent. Attending the course has given me the knowledge, skill and confidence to now be able to use the Sensory Integrative framework in practice as a trained Sensory Integration Therapist.


Shelly J laneShruti receiving her certificate
from Mrs. Shell J. Lane

I would like to offer my gratitude to Sylvie Maurice, France, who sponsored me for one of the courses. Thank you to Dominique, colleagues, volunteer therapists for their encouragement and support.


Shruti More, OT,

Handimachal Kullu Therapy Unit

24 March 2013


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