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Digital Seminar

Attachment & Emotional Self-Regulation Skills for Children: Empowering Positive Behavior From the Inside Out

Kathee Cammisa, MHE, OTR/L
5 Hours 57 Minutes
Nov 09, 2018
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Disorders of sensory processing are common for children with ADHD or autism and can complicate treatment and impact quality of life. Children who have trouble self regulating throughout the day can miss out on typical childhood experiences in school, on the playground and with their families. They have difficulty making and keeping friends.

In this recording, Kathryne Cammisa, MHE, OTR/L, teaches you the underlying neurological and environmental factors that reduce a child’s ability to self-regulate and interact with their environment. This workshop emphasizes the newest research, practical interventions and provides details on how to create simple, yet effective programs in clinical, school and home settings:

  • Strategies guided by Ayres’ Sensory Integrative Theory
  • Activities to help individuals develop self-management
  • Understanding the importance of a rich sensory lifestyle
  • Using personal narratives to promote positive outcomes
  • Energy regulation techniques
  • Communication methods and use of self
  • Transition strategies
  • Behavioral Strategies



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Kathryne (Kathee) Cammisa, MHE, OTR/L, is an SI/NDT certified occupational therapist, American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer, Pranakriya certified yoga therapist, Radiant Child/Family 200 hour certified yoga teacher and Mindful Schools certified mindfulness teacher. Kathee has over 25 years of experience working with children with special needs in home, school, child care and clinic settings. She works with children and their families through her private practice and at Children’s Place, a therapeutic child care center. Kathee has extensive teaching experience throughout the country, with Georgia State’s Project SCEIS, and the Medical College of Georgia where she served as assistant professor of occupational therapy. She has been published by the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy in Mental and has taken yoga and occupational therapy to children in China, Vietnam, Costa Rica and Ghana.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kathee Cammisa maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Children's Place Therapeutic Child Care Center, Fitness That Fits, and Radiant Child Yoga. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Kathee Cammisa has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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  1. Determine characteristics of sensory modulation disorder, ADHD and autism and how they overlap.
  2. Design specific treatments for SPD that can be duplicated at school or home.
  3. Compose a sensory lifestyle as a part of a lifetime of habit building.
  4. Provide examples of elements of successful personal narratives and transitional activities.
  5. Implement mindfulness and cognitive strategies and exercises for managing ADHD.
  6. Recommend specific ADHD interventions to be used with or without medications.


How Self Regulation Affects a Child’s Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Overlay of systems
  • Overlap with sensory processing disorder, ADHD, autism, giftedness, anxiety and related conditions
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
  • Vestibular, proprioceptive, and sensory modulation characteristics
  • Strategies for home and school
  • Making it right: case studies and videos
  • New research from brain imaging
  • Cognitive strategies, attention strategies and mindfulness meditation
  • The power of exercise
  • The overlay of executive function and ADHD
  • As a powerful behavior program for social-cognitive disabilities
  • Case study on routines, rituals and habit formation
  • Teaching functional skills
  • Catching child “being good”
Working with Emotions
  • Art and music
  • Developing an emotional vocabulary
  • Emotions in the body
  • Strategies that prompt social engagement
  • Dealing with picky eating and poor sleep habits
  • Strategies for eliminating difficult behavior
Creating a Personal Narrative
  • What, why and how
  • The power of emotional disclosure
Making Transitions Uneventful
  • Strategies for smooth transitions

Target Audience

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • General Education Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapists Assistants
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Other helping professionals who work with children ages 0-21

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