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Self-Regulation in Children: Assessments and Strategies for Troubleshooting Challenging Behaviors

presented by Varleisha D. Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

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What approaches can be used to properly assess and treat a child's self-regulation? Challenges in self-regulation often lead children to display difficulty with participation in age appropriate activities that require practical methods of assessment for proper treatment intervention. This course reviews the neurological connection to treatment techniques, and assessment, to address a child's self-regulation relating to diagnoses such as autism, sensory processing disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Case examples and demonstrations provide a hands-on approach to delivering the content.

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Varleisha D. Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L is a lecturer, researcher, developer of the Self-Regulation and Mindfulness program, and co-author of Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders. Dr. Gibbs began her career after receiving her baccalaureate degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware. She continued her studies in the field of Occupational Therapy. Dr.…

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1. The Connected Brain

This chapter reviews sensory pathways and the connection development. The content covered will serve as a foundation for assessment and interventions discussed later.

2. The Autonomic Nervous System: Our Airport

This chapter reviews the influence of the autonomic nervous system on arousal and threshold. The content covered will serve as a foundation for treatment interventions later discussed.

3. Using Biomarkers for Assessing Self-Regulation

This chapter explores the physiological signs and reactions a child may present in relation to their self-regulation. The content covered directly provides methods of assessment.

4. Challenging Behaviors Including Sleep and Eating

This chapter explores the treatment interventions for challenging behaviors including eating and sleeping. The content covered directly provides methods of assessment.

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