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32nd Annual Conference

Minneapolis 1st-3rd October 2020 


Éadaoin Bhreathnach will deliver a keynote address:

Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI) - An Integrated Approach to Developmental Trauma

 Our behavioural responses arise from our experiences of self, other, and the environment. Trauma and abuse negatively impacts these relationships in terms of physiological, sensory, affective, and cognitive processing. Intervention needs to address all of these elements neurosequentially. SAI is informed by the theories of Developmental Trauma, Psychobiological Regulation, Sensory Integration and Attachment. It focuses on developing the capacity to self regulate and co-regulate in the context of an attachment relationship. This address will look at the origins of this clinically driven model, its core principles, use of assessments and will provide a video illustration of intervention and long term outcomes. 


Éadaoin Bhreathnach & Nick Smith will deliver a workshop:

Clinical Observations A Trauma Informed Approach

Clinical Observations is part of Occupational Therapists’ routine assessment. What hasn’t been considered to date is the impact of trauma on the child’s capacity to perform these test items. This workshop addresses this issue and presents a trauma informed approached to conducting Clinical Observations and other assessments.