The day will be an opportunity to learn more about the model through teaching, small group discussions, the chance to hear from (and talk to) parents who have experience of using the model, hear how the model is being used in a therapeutic team and also, very importantly, the chance to try out some of the activities in groups.
Numbers will be limited to ensure that breakout rooms will be small enough to have meaningful discussion and all will be facilitated by a member of the BUSS team. Resources will be sent to participants prior to the day.
Level One training builds on the one-day ‘Introduction to the BUSS model’ training day. It is designed to increase the participant’s knowledge and understanding of the model, the key tenets of which are movement, playfulness and relationships. Using teaching, case studies, videos, small-group work and hearing from parents experienced in using the model, participants will develop their understanding of children’s motor development and learn how to make a hypothesis about the state of development of a child’s proprioceptive, vestibular and tactile functioning using this information.
By the end of Level One training, participants should have an understanding of the sequential nature of motor development in preschool children, taking into consideration the individual child and the environment that child is growing up in.
Participants will be able to discern what the critical stages of development are and how these form a platform for later development. Participants will also begin to understand the impact of missed critical stages and how this impacts on the developing child.
Introduction by Sarah Lloyd
It’s a huge honour to have colleagues interested in this way of working and I thank you for your interest. As an OT, I think that OTs are perfectly placed to become BUSS practitioners, integrating our skills and expertise in all aspects of a child’s development, physical, emotional and social.
However, as OTs it’s been my experience that people often work as either a mental health OT or within a medical setting, and we develop our skills accordingly. When I first started to develop the BUSS model I’d been working in CAMHS for 20 years and hadn’t thought much about motor development in that time. What a huge learning curve I had ahead of me!
If, like me, you’re an OT who has honed their practise in mental health but motor development and sensory integration feels a distant memory, then I’d suggest that the 4 stage model of training would best suit your needs. But if you’re an OT who is working with children with developmental trauma and who also has sensory integration training, then this training is for you!
I’ve worked with fantastically skilled SALT and Physiotherapists through my career and if you have clinical experience of working with children and families who have experienced developmental trauma as well as sensory integration training, then I’d be delighted to welcome you on this training.
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