Written by Liv McLennan
Exploring Sensory Processing with the National Portage Association
Well, the day finally happened! After the first attempt being postponed due to the snow, we all put this date into the diary and kept our fingers well and truly crossed.
Luckily we were able to uncross them on 8th June as we all gathered in Birmingham for the annual Portage conference. I was to deliver two seminars for the Portage workers who travelled from all over the country to be there. Having presented at their conferences before, I was excited to catch up with the organisation and see how it was faring in 2018.
Well, I’m delighted to say it looked in great shape – with committed, experienced and dedicated workers striving to do their very best for the organisation and the families they work with.
The overall theme of the conference was ‘Exploring Sensory Processing’, an absolutely perfect fit for the Boogie Mites SEN programme, Sticks and Sounds. The seminars had around 15 people per session, all eager to enhance how they use sensory music with children and families, and I actually think I learned as much from them as they did from me!
A special mention must also go to Bonny Robinson, the conference coordinator. She is stepping down from the role after many years, and Boogie Mites would like to thank her for her dedication and support to NPA and for including us in her final conference programme. We wish her well for the future, although she does leave some very big shoes to fill.
Sadly I couldn’t stay for the keynote presentation from Joanna Grace of Sensory Stories, but when I popped my head into her seminar room, I was delighted to see how she also used everyday items such as rescue blankets and cardboard tubes for sensory processing, just like Boogie Mites!
It was a great day for sharing the work we all do with families with additional needs, and I feel very privileged to have been part of it. Roll on 2019!