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Self-Regulation: Keeping the Body, Mind & Emotions Regulated in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Differences

Maria Slavin, MS, OTR/L
Approx. 6 Hours
Mar 08, 2024
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Dysregulated kids leave parents, caregivers, and educators frustrated and at a loss for determining next steps.

Meltdowns during transitions. Bedtime refusals. Off-task behaviors. Out-of-proportion emotions.

Kids and their caregivers are coming to you for help. But with multiple underlying causes of dysregulation, it’s hard to know where to begin. And for kids with ASD, ADHD, and SPD, the one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work.

Watch Maria Slavin, MS, OTR/L, specialist with over 20 years of experience in working with neurodivergent children, to learn to identify and effectively address the root causes of poor self-regulation and walk away with dozens of evidence-based strategies for creating simple but effective programs in clinical, school, and home settings:

  • Sensory techniques for over- and under-responders
  • Simple self-management and video modeling programs
  • Sensory lifestyle programs
  • Top communication support strategies for kids with ASD
  • 3 must-use transition strategies
  • Behavioral supports for kids with ADHD
  • Co-regulation strategies for all ages

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Maria Slavin, MS, OTR/L/ has over 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist specializing in the treatment of behavioral health diagnoses such as autism, ADHD, and anxiety disorders.

In 2013, maria founded In-Sync and Social, a private therapy practice, using a combined sensory and behavioral approach to social emotional learning for children and adults. Throughout her career, she has worked in many settings, including pediatric hospitals, public & private schools, early intervention programs, and within leadership of behavioral health organizations. Maria is a trusted clinical and educational consultant both locally in the Philadelphia area and as a speaker at the national level on neuroscience and self-regulation. She has served as an adjunct instructor at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and Temple University. Her expertise has helped numerous families, professionals, and organizations.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Maria Slavin maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Temple University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Maria Slavin has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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  1. Assess sensory symptoms to determine appropriate interventions to improve social participation.
  2. Evaluate sensory processing strategies to improve self regulation skills in young clients.
  3. Utilize cognitive-behavioral interventions and strategies to manage symptoms of ADHD and autism.
  4. Select between role play, video modeling, and other creative interventions to promote self-management skills.
  5. Choose co-regulation strategies between adults and kids to promote social connection.
  6. Utilize the latest research in neuroscience to assess the function of children’s behavior.


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

  • Impact on academics, social skills, relationships
  • Correlation with sensory processing disorder, ADHD, autism, giftedness, anxiety, and related conditions
  • Assessment tools to pinpoint the underlying causes
  • Limitations of research and potential risks

Sensory Processing Strategies: Set kids up for success by meeting the underlying needs

  • Hidden senses: vestibular, proprioceptive, interoceptive
  • Characteristics of sensory modulation difficulties
  • Create a sensory lifestyle
  • Strategies across various settings for over-responsivity, under responsivity, and mixed responsiveness
  • Develop sensory boxes, sensory schedules & plans, and sensory-friendly spaces
  • Strategies for difficult routines such as meals and bedtime

ADHD & Autism Approaches: Recruiting the higher-level areas of the brain

  • Levels of autism
  • Working with attention, emotions, and other executive functions
  • Communication strategies that promote social engagement
  • Strategies for picky eating and poor sleep habits
  • Behavioral strategies for minimizing difficult behaviors and shaping desired behaviors/Positive Behavior Support approach
  • Strategies for smooth transitions
  • Calming Strategies
  • Environmental strategies and adaptations
  • Case studies highlighting why we see certain behaviors and reflecting successful intervention

Self-Management Strategies: The key to ending power struggles

  • Role play and video modeling techniques
  • Communication strategies that provide emotional control
  • Mindfulness and nervous system co-regulation strategies for kids and the adults interacting with them
  • Visual schedules, social stories, visual timers
  • Self-monitoring forms and apps
  • Self-regulation toolkits/strategy lists

Tying It All Together: One size does NOT fit all

  • From assessment to intervention
  • A systematic approach to strategy selection
  • Case studies and group problem-solving

Target Audience

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


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