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Digital Seminar

Self-Regulation Strategies for Children: Keeping the Body, Mind & Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders

Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L
6 Hours 01 Minutes
Mar 10, 2015
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  • DSM-5® updates for autism and sensory modulation
  • Build and enhance self-regulation in any setting
  • Come away with:
    • Sensory therapy techniques
    • Self-management and video modeling programs
    • Sensory lifestyle
    • First person stories
    • Energy regulation techniques

Children who have trouble self-regulating throughout the day are missing out on typical childhood experiences in school, on the playground and with their families. This workshop looks at the underlying factors of poor self-regulation and how they affect the child.

Experienced presenter, Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/l will teach you practical interventions and how to create simple, but effective programs in clinical, school and home settings:

  • Sensory therapy techniques
  • Simple self-management and video modeling programs
  • Sensory lifestyle
  • First person stories
  • Energy regulation techniques
  • Emotional regulation techniques
  • Communication methods
  • Transition strategies
  • Behavioral strategies

Clinical programs such as Interactive Metronome® and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT™) will be discussed, as will timely topics such as medication vs. non-medication for ADHD and new insights from research into biomedical aspects of autism. You will receive written handouts and a list of resources.



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Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and author specializing in self-regulation and sensory and modulation issues. She has worked in schools, sensory clinics, and medical settings with children, adolescents, and adults with Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ADHD. Ms. Garland works closely with other mental health and allied rehab professionals, teachers, and doctors to understand and treat underlying sensory, timing, and coordination/motor planning issues as well as overlying socio/emotional behaviors and the symptoms of autism. She is trained/certified in the SIPT, Interactive Metronome®, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Therapeutic Listening, Wilbarger’s Sensory Defensiveness, the Natural Heart Approach, Mindfulness Training, and Food Chaining. 

Ms. Garland is the author of the award-winning book Self-Regulation Interventions and Strategies: Keeping the Body, Mind and Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders (PESI, 2014). Her workbook, Hands-on Activities for Children with Autism & Sensory Disorders was published in April of 2016 (PESI).

As an author and international presenter, Ms. Garland has trained over 10,000 therapists and teachers in the art of using self-regulation interventions with the children they work with in clinics and classrooms. She also trains on working with children and adults with ADHD and children with autism. Ms. Garland has a master's in occupational therapy from the University of New Mexico. She writes a blog at

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Teresa Garland is a presenter with Michigan Job Rehabilitation. She receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Teresa Garland has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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Program Information

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Educators, Speech-Language Pathologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants


  • Summarize characteristics of sensory modulation disorder, ADHD and autism and how they overlap.
  • Illustrate specific treatments for SPD that can be duplicated at school or home.
  • Describe the ingredients of a sensory lifestyle.
  • Tell examples of elements of successful first person stories and transitional activities.
  • Describe ADHD interventions to be used with or without meds.
  • Apply a simple self-management and video modeling program.
  • Describe how clinic-based therapies can reduce symptoms of SPD and ADHD.


How Self-Regulation Affects a Child’s Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Overlay of systems
  • Overlap with sensory modulation 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
  • Sensory diet vs. a sensory lifestyle
  • The big therapies: Interactive Metronome® (IM), brushing and sensory diets

ADHD Strategies

  • Parker’s guidelines for giving meds
  • Greenspan’s strategies for avoiding meds
  • Cognitive strategies, attention strategies and mindfulness meditation


  • As a powerful behavior program for ADHD
  • Case study on breaking “stimming” habits

Utilizing Video

  • Role play & video modeling
  • Teaching functional skills
  • Catching child “being good”
  • Working with emotions
    • Art and music
    • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
    • Polyvagal Theory and autism

iPad® Apps

  • Visual schedules
  • Social stories
  • Visual timers

Autism Strategies

  • Communication strategies that provide control
  • Match-and-repeat technique for social engagement
  • Dealing with picky eating and poor sleep habits
  • Behavioral strategies for eliminating difficult behavior

First Person Stories & Strategies for Smooth Transitions

  • Discuss social interactions
  • Describe relevant social cues and behaviors
  • Examples of transitional activities

Other Approaches

  • Alternative therapy
  • Qi massage

Calming Strategies

  • Music, Me-Moves™
  • Deep pressure, Ease™

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