Course Feb09: Workshop on Sensory Integration

Workshop on Sensory Integration: Planning a day in the life of child having special needs
-By Dr. Lakshmi Prasanna & Michael Kokinos 

Date:  14-Feb-2009 & 15-Feb-2009
Target Audience: All Parents of Children with Special Needs

As a continuation from the workshop in December 2008  – “Communication with Children”, Dr. Lakshmi Prasanna and Michael Kokinos will be visiting Singapore and will be conducting an intense workshop on Senses and sensory integration. The agenda is to cover the importance and development of senses in a child. This includes development of the 5 basic senses and in addition to that, the session aims to show how Sensory Integration can be a planned activity in everyday life. The workshop is meant for all parents of children with special needs and Lakshmi and Michael will provide hands on approach to Sensory integration.  As Senses is a broad topic, the workshop will be conducted for 2 days.

Planning a day in the life of a child Sensory

Integration is a key aspect in a developing child. 
The aim of the workshop is to address some of the key areas pertaining to senses like: 

1. The roles of the various senses. 
2. What is sensory integration and what is the importance of Sensory Integration? 
3. What are the sensory needs of a child at various stages in life? 
4. How can a parent plan a day such that the child’s sensory needs are met? 
5. How can a parent choose appropriate activities for a child? 
6. How to we handle a child – for example
  • How to we wake up a child? 
  • How to get the child ready to go to school? 
  • How to choose an appropriate school? 
  • How to receive the child after school? 
  • How to plan age appropriate activities for a child?

7. How can sensory integration happen as a part and parcel of daily living?

8. How can a parent be an integral part of the process of sensory integration?

Time schedule and Venue 

Date: 14-Feb-2009 & 15-Feb-2009 
Morning Session: 10 am to 1 pm 
Lunch: 1 pm to 2 pm 
Noon Session: 2 pm to 5 pm
Questions and Answers: 5 pm to 6 pm (as needed) 
Venue: Function Hall, Eastern Lagoon 2, Upper East Coast Road, Singapore.

Follow up sessions 

As Dr Lakshmi and Michael will be in Singapore for a week this time, they are available to talk to parents who may have questions from the workshop. During the previous workshop many parents requested for appointments with Dr Lakshmi, but they could not make it happen due to time.

Fees or Charges 

Similar to the previous session,  parents will not be charged for the workshops or one to one meetings. If the parents are willing to contribute to the cause, we will be grateful for the same. Parents who are willing to lend a hand in organizing the event are welcome to join their small parents group. Some of the areas where they can use some help are areas like, informing other parents about the workshop, preparing food, etc.

About the speakers 

About Dr.Lakshmi Prasanna 
Dr. Lakshmi is a pediatrician (Neonatalogist). Before starting private practice, she was the HOD in CDR Apollo hospitals, Chennai. Following that she founded Little Hearts Children’s Hospital in Hyderabad, India in 1997. She extended her work with high risk newborns to working with children with special needs. The focus has been on children with development delays and with autism spectrum disorder. She explored and practiced working with diet and life rhythms. She introduced physiotherapy, external massages and sensory integration therapy in 2000. This showed improvements in special needs children. 

Dr. Lakshmi founded Saandeepani Center for Healing and Curative Education in 2004. In addition to services mentioned above, Saandeepani offered a day school for children with special needs. In Saandeepani School, trained doctors, therapists and teachers work with sensory integration, creative hand work, structured rhythmic movement, and classical music as educative tools. There are currently 22 children in the school. The first batch of children in Saandeepani are entering 4th grade in 2009. She has been instrumental in evolving a practical and effective approach for autism over the past decade. Dr. Lakshmi is also the President of Anthroposophical Medical Society in India, and is very well regarded across multiple geographies for her integrated approach to health.

About Mr. Michael Kokinos 
Michael Kokinos is a Physiotherapist. Michael has held posts in Australia as a senior neurological physiotherapist, lecturer at Flinders University and as an official adviser to the Australian Government on health and disability care in rural areas. He has worked extensively on innovative primary health care projects with Government and Aboriginal leaders in the remote areas of Australia’s north. Michael has worked at Inala in Sydney, and is the founding secretary of the Northern Territory branch of the Anthroposophical Society in Australia. Michael runs a physiotherapy center in Katherine, Australia. 

Michael visits India regularly, mainly to support families of autistic children with a unique combination of craniosacral massages and sensory integration therapy. He also conducts joint workshops with Dr. Lakshmi Prasanna for therapists, special educators and parents. 

Michael’s expertise is in cranio-sacral therapy. It is massage involving manipulation of the cerebro-spinal fluid and is hugely successful in relieving stress, depression, acute pain etc.

Contact Details

As with the previous session, they will be able to accommodate about 35 parents in the function hall. If you want to confirm your participation or if you have more questions, please feel free to call, sms or email them your thoughts and questions. 

Contact details are as follows:
Name: Sabareesh
Hand phone: +65-8113-5644


Name: Karthi
Hand phone: +65-9118-7153

Be quick as there are limited seats!


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