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2-Day: Neuroscience and Self-Regulation Techniques for Kids with Autism, ADHD & Sensory Disorders
2-Day: Neuroscience and Self-Regulation Techniques for Kids with Autism, ADHD & Sensory Disorders

Where:   NEW YORK, NY

When:  Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Friday, October 20, 2017

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Course Description:

Join Varleisha Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, renowned self-regulation expert and author for this intensive 2-day workshop and learn clinically proven neurological approaches to addressing self-regulation in children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and ADHD. Knowing the underlying brain connections will help you better select and develop appropriate interventions for challenging behaviors, such as hyper-activity, hypo-activity, aggressiveness, self-stimulatory and inattentiveness.

You will walk away with neurologically tailored sensory strategies, cutting-edge treatment techniques, and sensory equipment strategies, including, mindfulness, social skill programs, music and movement, and respiratory-based techniques.

On day one, you will learn the underlying neurological components to connect the brain to clinical practice through:
  • Brain dissection video wet labs, neuroanatomy, pathways, and function
  • Autonomic nervous system and its connection to stress, fear, and primitive reflexes
  • Video examples of children in a sensory clinic demonstrating positive outcomes when equipment is used appropriately
The second day, you will learn how to analyze and apply treatment techniques, such as:
  • Activating the vagus nerve and the nervous system for regulation
  • Addressing primitive reflexes and improve social skills and age appropriate behaviors
  • Incorporating a mindfulness program for self-regulation
  • Applying your knowledge through the use of video case studies to examine the evaluation process, treatment planning, goal development, and re-assessment of children displaying challenging social, eating, and sleeping behaviors
Whether you are an expert on the brain or new to this science, Dr. Gibbs makes it easy to understand and easy to implement. You will leave ignited by revelations exposed in Dr. Gibbs’ presentation!
Objectives:

  1. Articulate the neuroscience behind self-regulation and sensory processing.
  2. Summarize the characteristics of sensory processing disorder, ADHD and autism and how the neurological overlap.
  3. Consider the evidence and neurological connection related to diagnosis and behind current intervention techniques.
  4. Explore primitive reflexes and the connection to function.
  5. Summarize the autonomic nervous system and its connection to behavior.
  6. Determine the cause and effect of intervention techniques as they relate to neurological components.
  7. Develop appropriate interventions for challenging behaviors, such as hyper-activity, hypo-activity, aggressiveness, self-stimulation and inattentiveness.
  8. Implement music as a technique to initiate sensorial stimuli, calming and attentiveness.
  9. Integrate a mindfulness program and its various components for self-regulation.
  10. Administer assessments for arousal levels through role play activities.
  11. Create a treatment plan for children challenged with social skills, picky eating and sleeping issues.
  12. Communicate methods to address reciprocal regulation between the child and caregiver to address the influences and interaction each have.
OUTLINE

The Neuroscience Behind Self-Regulation
  • A look at sensory-motor pathways
  • Brain dissection video: The emotional brain and its connection to executive functioning
  • Neurological dysfunction: Hyper-activity, hypo-activity, aggressiveness, self-stimulatory, and inattentiveness
Neuro and Sensory Integration: Linking to Behaviors
  • Breaking down self-regulation: Sensory, cognition and emotions
  • Self-regulation effects on behavior: Flapping, inflexibility, rigidity, lack of inhibition, poor social skills, risk taking
  • The power of the autonomic nervous system and its connection to behavior (ie. stress, fear and primitive reflexes)
  • The power of primitive reflexes and how they impede on function
  • Tools and strategies for assessing primitive reflexes
Video Case Study Analyzation: Aligning Symptoms and Characteristics with Appropriate Interventions
  • ADHD: Diagnosis and current treatment strategies
  • Autism: Diagnosis and DSM-5® updates
  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD):
    • Sensory modulation disorder
    • Sensory-based motor disorder
    • Sensory discrimination disorder
Self-Regulation Techniques and the Vagus Nerve Connection
  • Communication strategies that provide control: Symbolic and non-verbal
  • Self-management and behavioral strategies: Behavioral contracts, checklist for tracking behaviors, video modeling
  • Addressing picky eating and poor sleep habits: Desensitizing and non-threatening activities
  • Music as a technique to initiate sensorial stimuli, calming and attentiveness
  • New interventions for vestibular, proprioceptive, auditory, smell and vision work
Apply Neuroscience to Interventions: Hands-on Activities
  • Neurological connection of current programs such as Brain Gym®, sensory diets, and MeMoves™, just to name a few!
  • Integrate a mindfulness program for self-regulation
  • Address primitive reflexes and improve social participation and age appropriate behaviors
  • Tool to assess child’s arousal levels to be used for daily schedules and to organize daily interventions
Treatment Planning: Video Case Examples of Children Displaying Challenging Social, Eating and Sleep Behaviors
  • Perform a virtual evaluation
  • Develop a treatment plan
  • Goal development
  • Re-assessment: When is it needed and when to discharge
Psychoeducation for Clients and Parents
  • Evidence-based intervention and techniques to address challenges with self-regulation
  • Address psychosocial concerns and experiences of caregivers of children with self-regulation challenges
  • Communicate methods to address reciprocal regulation between the child and caregiver to address the influences and interaction each have

VARLEISHA GIBBS, PHD, OTD, OTR/L

Varleisha D. Gibbs, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and author with 17 years of experience working with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing disorders and Neurological disorders. Dr. Gibbs is the Scientific Programs Officer for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. She is the inaugural chair and director of the master’s programs in occupational therapy and full-time associate professor at Wesley College in Dover, DE. Prior to joining Wesley, she worked at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA, where she served as the director of the doctoral programs in occupational therapy.

Dr. Gibbs is steadfast and an expert in the field of neurology, cognition, and pediatric therapeutic intervention. She continues to lecture, and provide training, on sensory processing strategies and self-regulation to practitioners, parents, and teachers throughout the country and internationally. Dr. Gibbs is the developer of the Self-Regulation and Mindfulness program, and her new book, Self-Regulation and Mindfulness: Exercises and Worksheets for Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, was published in 2017 (PESI Publishing & Media). As co-author of Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders, she has provided families with strategies to understand and care for their children.

In 2003, Dr. Gibbs founded Universal Progressive Therapy, Inc., a company that provides interdisciplinary and quality therapeutic services to families. As founding president, she provided treatment interventions and education in the areas of sensory integration, autism as well as family-centered care. Dr. Gibbs co-authored the publication, “Family-Centered Occupational Therapy and Telerehabilitation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”, found in the journal of Occupational Therapy in Healthcare. She received her Ph.D. at Seton Hall University with a dissertation focusing on the Autism Spectrum diagnosis. Dr. Gibbs earned her doctorate in occupational therapy at Thomas Jefferson University.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Varleisha Gibbs is the founder/ president of Universal Progressive Therapy, Inc. She is a faculty member at the University of the Sciences Philadelphia and receives compensation. She is a speaker who receives an honorarium for PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Varleisha Gibbs has been published in a peer-reviewed journal Occupational Therapy and Healthcare.
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