Seminar Detail

2-Day Neuro-Based Self-Regulation Toolbox For Children and Adolescents
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Friday, November 15, 2019

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Course Description:

Join Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L, renowned self-regulation expert for this intensive 2-day course to learn clinically proven neurological approaches to address self-regulation in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), ADHD, ODD, OCD, anxiety, trauma, chronic stress, fetal drug exposure, and physical disabilities.

Knowing the underlying brain connections will help you better select and develop appropriate interventions for challenging behaviors, such as hyper-activity, aggression, frequent meltdowns, outbursts, extreme sensory sensitivities, self-stimulation, inattentiveness and more.

Attend this intensive 2-day course to become a leader in your field and elevate your work with children and adolescents with over 100 brain-based strategies to implement in your clinic or classroom immediately! You will leave the course being able to:
  • Identify signs and symptoms of neurological differences such as neurotransmitter imbalance, hyperactivity in the insular cortex and amygdala, impaired sensory processing, and poor communication between different regions of the brain
  • Form newer and stronger neural connections in key brain areas to enhance social communication, learning, sensory processing, and response to trauma or stress
  • Immediately alter neurotransmitter levels to enhance focus, improve mood, and regulate emotions
  • Change brain waves to facilitate a calm and organized state
  • Facilitate development in certain brain structures responsible for processing sensory input, enhancing emotional awareness and regulation, and decreasing anxiety
  • Simplify home programs to empower parents and teachers to ensure carry-over into the home and school settings
  • Apply the science behind meditation, mindfulness, Ayres Sensory Integration™, therapeutic listening programs, and “brain breaks”
By using a bottom-up approach you can strategically select intervention strategies that strengthen the neurological foundation needed for higher skills to emerge in the children and adolescents you work with!

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  • Readily available resources including screening and assessment tools, brain-based strategies, relevant research, and helpful forms; and
  • Membership to BrainWorks Online to simplify the process of creating home programs!

  1. Identify the major neurological differences associated with common diagnoses to inform choice of treatment interventions.
  2. Articulate the primary roles of at least five major neurotransmitters and their clinical implications.
  3. Select therapeutic strategies based on the desired neurological changes needed as indicated by behaviors and emotional affect to improve child’s level of functioning.
  4. Differentiate assessment tools available to determine neurological functioning in children to improve treatment outcomes.
  5. Analyze the efficacy of current brain-based intervention strategies available for use in the school and home environments.
  6. Summarize the scientific research related to available programs and strategies to enhance academic learning, sensory processing, emotional regulation, social-communication, and response to trauma and stress.
  7. Implement an effective sensory program based on assessment results to immediately impact sensory processing and behavior.
  8. Develop appropriate programs for use in homes and schools to ensure carry-over of recommended intervention techniques to improve child’s level of functioning.
  9. Use mindfulness, yoga, meditation, proprioceptive and vestibular input, sensory rooms, exercise, music, and nutrients to impact neurological change.
  10. Select cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques based on desired neurological changes needed to improve treatment outcomes.
  11. Determine activity and environmental adaptations and modifications to impact the central nervous system.

Neurological Development
  • Latest research on neurological differences associated with:
    • Motor skills, sensory processing, language development, self-regulation and learning
  • Hindrances to typical brain development
  • Structural brain differences and neurochemistry in common diagnoses and symptoms
  • A bottoms-up model for brain-based intervention
  • Video labs and hands-on brain models
Assessment of Neurological Functioning
  • SPD vs ADHD
  • Sensory vs behavior
  • Behavior disorders
  • Standardized assessment tools
  • Behavior analysis
  • Easily accessible checklists and questionnaires
Build a Strong Neurological Foundation
  • Sensory-motor activities to build strong neural connections between key brain regions
  • Strengthen the insular cortex to improve emotional awareness
  • Strategies to stimulate the vagal nerve to power up the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Integrate primitive reflexes to enhance posture, motor control, and emotional responses
  • Case Study: 16-year-old boy with HFA, SPD and EF challenges
  • Lab: 1: Acupoint tapping; 2) Vagal stimulation activity
Using Neuroplasticity to Repair/Rebuild Affected Brain Structures
  • Restore balance between the frontal cortex and the amygdala to decrease sensory sensitivities, anxiety and aggression
  • Auditory stimulation to facilitate a calm and focused state
  • Yoga and mindfulness strategies to reduce an overactive fight-or-flight response
  • Proprioceptive, vestibular and tactile input to regulate emotional responses, reduce self-stimming, self-injury and anxiety
  • Lab: 1) Joint compressions 2) Rhythmic movements
Neurochemistry’s Impact on Behavior, Emotions, Motor Skills and Learning
  • Primary role of major neurotransmitters
  • Signs and symptoms of neurotransmitter imbalance
  • Correlation between neurotransmitters, sensory processing and emotions
  • Evidence-based strategies for neurotransmitter deficits/excesses
  • Case Study: 12-year-old girl, trauma history, extreme tactile sensitivities, atypical social behaviors
  • Lab: Change your own neurochemistry now!
Targeting Higher Level Brain Centers
  • CBT to identify triggers and manage emotions
  • Behavior mapping to improve self-awareness
  • Social stories and video modeling to target mirror neurons and teach appropriate responses
  • Programs to improve social skills and manage physiological response to conflict and stress
  • Token economy to address self-regulation
  • Case Study: 6-year-old boy, off-task and fidgety behaviors
  • Lab: 1) binaural beats to impact brain waves 2) Mindfulness activity to balance neurotransmitters
The Role of Medication
  • Perspectives on medication
  • Commonly prescribed medications for childhood diagnoses
  • Supplements to consider
  • Case Study: 11-year-old boy, difficulty with attention, differentiating symptoms of ADHD vs. SPD
Brain Health
  • Nutrients for neurotransmitter production
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Nature
  • Physical Health
  • Use of electronics and video games
  • Case Study: 21-year-old with autism, severe sleep disorder, obesity
Clinical Considerations
  • Goal-writing
  • Data-tracking
  • Limitations of research and potential risks
Target Audience

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • SPED Teachers & Staff
  • GEN ED Teachers & Staff
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants


Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders, neurological disorders and a wide variety of developmental disorders in numerous settings. She is the owner of Sensational Brain, LLC, and creator of the popular BrainWorks™ tools, a system for creating effective sensory diets that empowers kids to take charge of their sensory needs.

Gwen is steadfast in helping children learn to self-regulate to manage their behaviors and emotions effectively. She works directly with educators, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, BCBAs and other professionals in her roles as an educator, consultant to two school districts and provider of private pediatric occupational therapy services in homes.

Gwen presents worldwide on topics related to sensory modulation and self-regulation teaching practitioners, parents, and teachers who work with children and adolescents practical treatments and interventions. She has been invited to speak at numerous state and local conferences and has been featured on podcasts. Gwen has led and co-authored two research studies on the implementation of sensory strategies for the purpose of enhancing self-regulation, the most recent of which was published in a peer reviewed journal. She is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and at the state level, she is a member of the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Gwen Wild is the owner of Sensational Brain LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Gwen Wild has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 12.5 clock hours in length.

Marriage & Family Therapists
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Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
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Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
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Psychologists & Psychiatrists

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Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 12.5 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for 1.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Social Workers
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Colorado Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Provider #1413. This course has been approved for 12.6 continuing education hours.

Other Professions
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