Seminar Detail

Self-Regulation: Proven Strategies for Children with ADHD, High-Functioning Autism, Learning Disabilities or Sensory Disorders
Self-Regulation: Proven Strategies for Children with ADHD, High-Functioning Autism, Learning Disabilities or Sensory Disorders

Where:  FAIRFAX, VA

When:  Friday, August 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

This seminar will help you to better intervene with the challenging child – the one who won’t sit still; doesn’t follow directions; often throws tantrums; or has difficulty waiting for their turn. They may “hit first and ask questions later”. They react impulsively and have difficulty expressing what they need or what is frustrating them. We know this child is intelligent, caring and kind, but their behavior doesn’t reflect these positive qualities. These are the children who confuse and frustrate parents and who overwhelm teachers and peers. They struggle to meet basic expectations and are dysregulated and unable to succeed in school, with peers, and at home.

Through discussion and hands-on experience you will discover how language, executive function and sensory processing deficits lead to misperceptions about the causes of emotional and behavioral dysregulation in these children. You will learn strategies for changing your perception and creating expectations and environments that will help them to succeed at home, school and with peers!

  • Recognize the signs of underlying processing deficits that lead to dysregulation
  • Strategies to improve self-control, social success, emotional control and task completion
  • Strategies to reduce frequency and duration of tantrums and emotional outbursts
  • Problem-solving strategies to create positive structure and expectations, positive coping and self-regulation
  • Interventions to deescalate and brain training exercises that will increase self-regulation
Objectives:
  1. Describe the role that sensory processing, language processing, and executive processing play in self-regulation.
  2. Demonstrate experiential activities that shift your understanding and perception of these children.
  3. Explain how sensory, language, and executive skills impairments create fight/flight/fear and defensive responses that lead to dysregulation and behavior issues through negative conditioning.
  4. Practice and apply the “6 Steps Model” to help children self-regulate.
  5. Tailor sensory, language/learning and executive functioning strategies to minimize processing triggers.
  6. Employ behavior modification and problem-solving strategies to diffuse escalations and refusals.
  7. Implement positive environments and accommodations for dysregulated kids using insights gained about processing deficits, emotional triggers and problem-solving.
OUTLINE

Treatment Approaches Using Processing Perspectives
  • improve self-regulation in children through our own paradigm shifts
  • Ping + Ping + Ping = Frustration and dysregulation
  • De-escalation strategies and precursors to problem-solving
  • Behavioral and mindful intervention for dysregulation triggers
Sensory Deficits
  • Integration, meaning and perception
  • Experience your own dysregulation to sensory challenges
  • Reduce sensory triggers
  • Desensitize strategies to reset the ‘panic switch”
  • Manage the environment to reduce sensory overload
Language/Learning Deficits
  • Incorporate language processing into our understanding of behavior
  • Meaning = perception = reality = response
  • Your emotional response to their language challenges
  • Recognize, validate and problem-solve common language deficit triggers
  • Social Pragmatics insight and behavior
Executive Functioning Deficits
  • Impact of processing inconsistencies on daily functioning
  • Experience how we might set kids up to fail without realizing it
  • Problem-solving strategies to improve organization, working memory and meta-cognitive deficits
  • Environments that manage fidgeting, restlessness and inattention and provide positive social-emotional regulation
  • Roadblocks created by executive skills deficits
Perspective-Taking and Meaning
  • The “Set-up”: Child’s expectations + delayed development = failure
  • Develop appropriate expectations; Pitfalls and strengths of developmental models
  • Strategies for triggering triggers
  • Reinforcing desired behavior using Nurtured Heart Approach
Behavioral Strategies
  • Create realistic expectations through better understanding of the child’s process
  • Behavior modification and skills coaching: Resetting and choices to improve self-regulation
  • Environmental structures that regulate
  • Empower children to improve self-regulation
  • Cognitive restructuring to reduce tantrums and emotional dysregulation
Problem-Solving Strategies
  • Reduce stressors
  • Improve child’s acceptance and personal responsibility for behavior
  • Create realistic expectations
  • Learning/teaching flexibility
  • Use language to self-regulate
Neuro-Biological Considerations
  • Diet/food
  • Supplements/vitamins
  • Sensitivities/toxins
  • Movement and exercise to regulate the brain

LAURA EHLERT, PSY.D.

Laura Ehlert, Psy.D., is a child clinical psychologist who has worked with children and adolescents with severe emotional/behavioral issues for over 25 years. She holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology where her training focused on developmental issues of childhood, and child psychopathology issues. Over the years, she has worked with thousands of youth in a variety of settings including hospitals, residential treatment centers, partial hospital programs, school day treatment and outpatient mental health settings. Dr. Ehlert maintains a private practice in Burnsville, Minnesota, where she specializes in working with clients who struggle with information and sensory processing deficits and associated emotional, behavioral and mental health issues. Professionals who have worked with Dr. Ehlert in the past have often commented that interventions she offers succeeded where others have failed.





Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Laura Ehlert maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Laura Ehlert has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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COUNSELORS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

MARYLAND COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

VIRGINIA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

WEST VIRGINIA COUNSELORS: PESI, Inc. has been approved as a continuing education provider through the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling. Provider #: WVBEC-558. This course qualifies for 6.25 continuing education credits.


EDUCATORS/TEACHERS
This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATORS: This course has been approved by the West Virginia Extended Learning for 0.6 CEUs. Course Key: 00890AAA.


MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


NURSE/NURSE PRACTITIONERS/CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS
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PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.


PSYCHOLOGISTS
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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists who participate in the live webcast will be required to complete additional steps if they want their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided the day of the program under the Handouts Section of the webcast.


SOCIAL WORKERS
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PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

WEST VIRGINIA SOCIAL WORKERS: The West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners can only approve programs held in the state of West Virginia. This course does not qualify for West Virginia social work credits. You will still receive a certificate of completion at the end of the seminar to retain for your records.


OTHER PROFESSIONS
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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