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Baltic-Nordic Sensory Integration Congress

Welcome to the first Baltic-Nordic Sensory Integration Congress!

You can find replay of the event below:

Venue: Tallinn Health Care College, Estonia
Address: Kännu 67, Tallinn
Dates: 24th-25th of March 2022. 

Important information:
Slides - slides can be downloaded from the Congress web page under additional presenters and full programme - click on the presentation title.
Questions in chat - submit all your questions to the chat box, which can be found from the Congress web page. The same goes for in-person and virtual participants. We will try to answer all your questions, but it depends on the time we have.
Form - the most important information - for you to receive your certificate after Congress and for us to submit the required information to Erasmus+, who is funding this event - it is required to fill out this short form: The link will be e-mailed to you, it is also accessible from the Congress web page and in the chat box. Please fill out the form as soon as possible! 

Key presenters: 

Rosalind Rogers, Chair of the Board of SIE, Senior Lecturer/Course Director, School of Health Sciences, Ulster University

Rosalind will be presenting A Case Study from UK & Ireland: Designing an E-learning University-accredited Postgraduate SI Clinical Training Programme for Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Speech and Language Therapists Principles, Processes, Problems, Solutions, Results, and Future Developments

In 2015 Sensory Integration Network (UK & Ireland) initiated an ambitious plan to re-design and move the Sensory Integration Education-delivered inter-professional SI training provision to a fully e-learning Masters programme, supported throughout by continuous, applied clinical skill development in the workplace setting and ongoing academic and clinical mentoring. The first module ran online in May 2017 and with one module developed each year, the last module of four went ‘live’ in March 2020. This presentation charts this journey, presenting the original philosophy of integrating work-based clinical learning with explicit clinical reasoning, underpinned by SI knowledge and skills, while seeking to make the learning highly individualised and relevant to each therapist’s unique working environment. It will focus on the underpinning pedagogic principles, the development processes trialled, through to the future developments.

Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOT

Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA is nationally and internationally recognized for her expertise in child development, sensory integration, autism, test development and occupational therapy
As research assistant to Dr. A. Jean Ayres, the originator of sensory integration theory, Zoe began her career with a dedication to recognizing the importance of early sensory and motor experiences on learning and behavior. With more than 30 years, experience in executive leadership of non-profit therapy practices, Zoe has been known for developing innovative programs to support children and families. She also has an impressive record of research and scholarship, with more than 30 published journal articles and textbook chapters and over 500 presentations at workshops and conferences, worldwide. 
Zoe also serves as a consultant in program development and program evaluation, Her passion is to share her knowledge and expertise about the importance of sensory experiences in everyday life. 

Zoe will be presenting the topic of Comprehensive assessment and EASI.​

Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L

Kelly Mahler earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She has been an occupational therapist for 19 years, serving school-aged children and adults. Kelly is winner of multiple awards, including the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging and Innovative Practice Award & a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal. She is an adjunct faculty member at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA as well as at Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. Kelly is a co-principal investigator in several research projects pertaining to topics such as interoception, self-regulation, trauma & autism. Kelly is an international speaker and presents frequently on topics related to the ten resources she has authored:

Kelly will be presenting the following topics:

  • Interoception – brief introduction with practical examples of what interoception is and how we see it in our practice with clients
  • Interoception and assessment – how do practitioners (as opposed to researchers) assess interoception? What is the status of the development of interoception assessment tools?
  • Interoception related to SI - how to identify interoception when using SI assessment tools?

Additional presenters and full programme


8:30 - Registration and coffee


9:30 - 9:35 Ülle Ernits, Rector of Tallinn Health Care College
Congress opening


9:35 - 10:20 Grete Eiche, OT and lecturer at Tallinn Health Care College

Introduction about project “Baltic-Nordic collaboration regarding the alignment of standard knowledge within the field of sensory integration at the bachelor and postgraduate level”


10:20 - 10:30 Moderator of the day: Betina Ada Rasmussen, MSc, OTR

General and technical information


10:30 - 10:45 

Helen Lindner, PhD, OT, senior lecturer
How the experience from SI Basic Course students has shaped their professional skills


10:45 - 11:00

Paula Dalum Peretti, Caroline Oxenbøll Sørensen, OT students in Denmark
How the experience from SI Basic Course students has shaped their professional skills


11:00 - 11:15 Break


11:15 - 12:15 Rosalind Gray Rogers, Chair of the Board of SIE, Senior Lecturer/Course Director, School of Health Sciences, Ulster University

Designing an E-learning University-accredited Postgraduate SI Clinical Training Programme for OTs, PTs, and SLTs


12:15 - 13:15 Lunch


13:15 - 14:00 Helena Tigerstedt, MSc, OTR

Sensory Integration education in Finland


14:00 - 14:15 Break


14:15 - 15:15 Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Comprehensive assessment and EASI 


15:15 - 15:25 Ulla Niutanen, MSc, OTR, chairman of the association

SI association in Finland, SITY


15:25 - 15:35 Marie Holmlund, MSc, OTR, secretary of the association

SI association in Sweden, SSIA


15:35 - 16:15 Networking within each country (Estonia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia/Lithuania)



8:30 - Registration and coffee


9:30 - 9:35 Moderator of the day: Julie Wolf Broge, MSc, OTR
General and technical information


9:35 - 10:30 Irina Katajisto-Korhonen, MSc, OTR

SI in the field of adult psychiatry


10:30 - 11:30 Hanna Huhtala, OTR
Paediatrics case study


11:30 - 11:45 Pia Christiansen, OT, Rikke Haarup Dresler, marketing manager
Presentation of the Danish company Protac A/S


11:45 - 12:45 Lunch


Oral presentations of research

12:45 - 13:00 Ann Natasja Nielsen, MSc OT and Health; PhD Student
Children with sensory seeking behaviour, challenges and use of proprioceptive/tactile stimulating vests


13:00 - 13:15 Ulla Niutanen, MSc, OTR
Sensory integration and processing in preterm-born children


13:15 - 13:30 Márta Nagyné Klujber, PhD
An Analysis of Child-Therapist Interactions in Sensory Integration Therapy


13:30 - 13:45 Peter Tidmarsh, managing director TFH UK
Presentation of the British company TFHSensory 


13:45 - 14:00 Rosalind Gray Rogers, Chair of the Board of SIE, Senior Lecturer/Course Director, School of Health Sciences, Ulster University
Speech Therapy and SI


14:00 - 14:30 Break and international networking in Zoom group for virtual participants


14:30 - 16:00 Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L
Interoception related to SI


16:00 - 16:15 Conclusion

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