Full Course Description

2-4-6-8 This is How We Regulate! Play Therapy Interventions for Dysregulated Clients

Program Information


  1. Assess and describe key dysregulation issues in clients that affect their physical and emotional well-being.
  2. Distinguish symptoms of dysregulation in Autism, ADHD, bipolar and anxiety disorders.
  3. Assess “intentional practice” and explain its role towards creating sustained regulation in clients.
  4. Practice “instant regulator” interventions to help create an immediate calm therapy environment.
  5. Employ play therapy interventions that can easily be replicated to reduce client meltdowns and mood swings at home and school.
  6. Utilize 3 strategies to reduce anger outbursts to sustain emotion regulation.


How Dysregulation Manifests in Children and Adolescents

  • Levels of dysregulation
  • Mood swings vs dysregulation
  • Intentional behavior vs dysregulation Special considerations
  • Actively engage your brain structures for change
  • Treatment plan goals w/focus on intentional practice
ICD-10 Diagnoses with Higher Levels of Dysregulation (case examples)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
Instant Regulator Activities for Client Focused Sessions
  • Finger breathing
  • Gong breath
  • Sensory ABC’s
  • Jump in the Picture
  • Move to review
Art Interventions: Drawing, Coloring, Creating
  • Activate the whole brain for emotional, cognitive and sensory regulation
  • Uplift mood
  • Reduce anxiety, fear and depression
  • Improve focus and mindfulness
  • Creates healing through non-verbal expression
Play Therapy Interventions: Superhero, Improv, Role Play and Games
  • Relax and stabilize ADHD and bipolar
  • Release any excess energy
  • Provide a safe and sacred space for emotional expression
  • Increase confidence and motivation
  • Encourage creative thought, new ideas, and a sense of joy
Movement Interventions: Fine and Gross Motor
  • Experience competence to communicate and express emotion
  • Inspires self-confidence to tackle complex challenges
  • Move w/therapist to create trust and build rapport
  • Facilitates in getting the intense emotion out of the body

Target Audience

  • Play Therapists and Play Therapists in training
  • Child Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • School Counselors
  • Therapists in inpatient hospital settings
  • Educators
  • Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Certified Autism Specialists

Copyright : 01/29/2020