Our vision is to help the world become more sensory informed.
"We love what we do. We're passionate about delving deeply into understanding our sensory world and its role in human development and behaviour. By becoming more sensory informed, we believe our practice can continually improve.”
We’re Lindsay and Emily, paediatric and neonatal occupational therapists engaged in clinical work and, through our courses, to educate others in the fascinating world of sensory processing and infant development.
Our mission is to empower and encourage those working within neonatal, perinatal and early intervention to provide the best possible sensory-informed care for babies, their families and the staff supporting them.
We’ve delivered our course worldwide, in Europe, North & South America, Australasia, Asia and Africa. Over 1000 occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, health visitors, teachers, nurses, doctors, psychotherapists, psychologists and wellbeing practitioners have completed it.
We’re endorsed by the Neonatal Nurses Association (NNA) and are American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) approved providers.
Hello, I'm Emily Hills
I have 20 years of experience as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist working in both NHS and private settings. I met Lindsay when she trained and mentored me at the start of my sensory journey.
I graduated from Brunel University in 2001 with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy and from Southampton University in 2018 with an MSc in Neonatal Studies.
I currently work in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in London. I lead developmental care, neurobehavioral and neurodevelopmental assessments in the NICU, and developmental interventions, including follow-up after discharge. I’m passionate about family-centred care and creating the optimal sensory environment for preterm babies and their families.
I’m a certified neonatal therapist (CNT). I have completed the Newborn Individualised Developmental Care Assessment Program (NIDCAP), Advanced Prechtl General Movement Assessment, Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS) and Newborn Behavioural Observation (NBO) certification. I’m a senior lecturer for the Brazelton Centre in Great Britain. I am also a lecturer for the SENSE program and The Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE). I am an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration (SI), Neonatal Touch and Massage Certified (NTMC) and am a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI).
Hello, I'm Lindsay Hardy
I've worked for over 30 years as an OT and was vital in developing the UK's first sensory integration module 4 course. This experience made me want to continue teaching and understanding sensory processing in younger children.
Now I’m Director of Clinical Services at Pace, a therapy and education centre for children from birth -18 years. I lead a team of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech & language therapists who provide Early Intervention Services for ex-preterm infants and those at risk of developmental delay, therapy for children with cerebral palsy, Autistic spectrum and other learning difficulties and emotional-behavioural challenges.
I also provide clinical supervision and mentoring to many therapists working within the NHS and privately.
Being generous with our knowledge, ideas and experience to help others.
Bringing practitioners, parents and babies together and connecting information, so it makes sense.
Always striving to learn and creating nurturing environments to teach others.
For what we do and inspiring others to become sensory informed Resources.
The Sensory Beginnings Master Course is a must for anyone working in neonatal care and early intervention.
Emily and Lindsay are just fantastic and definitely reignited my passion for Early Intervention. Career changing for me!
Being a Neonatal Nurse, this course made a huge impact on the way I care for the babies.
Understanding sensory development is the foundation for a good quality assessment of a high risk infant, and Sensory Beginnings is the best course in this area, extremely informative and tremendously practical.
Before the course I thought the neuroscience might be too difficult but it was presented really well and was made accessible as well as relevant. It also feels good to be able to talk about the science. There was a huge amount of information to digest, but it was presented in such a way that it just made sense.
It was also brilliant to be in a room, face to face with like minded people for learning and sharing after a year of relative isolation.
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