Watch Varleisha Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, renowned self-regulation expert and author for this intensive 2-day training 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 behaviours, 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 behaviours
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 behaviours
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!
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Manual - Advanced Training!: Neuroscience and Self-Regulation Techniques for Kids with Autism, ADHD & Sensory Disorders
Varleisha D. Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, ASDCS, is an occupational therapist and author with over 18 years of experience working with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing disorders, and Neurological disorders. She is the vice president of practice engagement and capacity building at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Dr. Gibbs is the former scientific programs officer at the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. She also served as the inaugural chair and director of the master's programs in occupational therapy at Wesley College in Dover, DE, where she was a tenured associate professor. Prior to joining Wesley, Dr. Gibbs 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 lectures and provides training on sensory processing strategies and self-regulation to practitioners, parents, and teaches throughout the country and internationally. As co-author of Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders, she has provided families with strategies to understand and care for their children. Dr. Gibbs is the developer of the self-regulation and mindfulness program and author of the best-selling, Self-Regulation and Mindfulness: Exercise and Worksheets for Sensory Processing Disorder, 85 Activities to Move Clients Toward Healing, Growth and Improved Functioning (PESI Publishing & Media, May 2021). As co-author of Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders, she has provided families with strategies to understand and care for their children. Dr. Gibbs is certified as an Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS).
Financial: Dr. Varleisha Gibbs is the Vice President of Practice Engagement and Capacity Building at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She is a speaker who receives an honorarium for PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Dr. Varleisha Gibbs has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
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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 behaviour: Flapping, inflexibility, rigidity, lack of inhibition, poor social skills, risk taking
The power of the autonomic nervous system and its connection to behaviour (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 behavioural strategies: Behavioral contracts, checklist for tracking behaviours, video modelling
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 behaviours
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
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
Analyze the neuroscientific research related to self-regulation and sensory processing in kids diagnosed with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and ADHD.
Differentiate between the characteristics of sensory processing disorder, ADHD and autism and articulate how the neurological processes of each disorder coincide with one another.
Apply neurological approaches that tap into the central, autonomic, and enteric nervous systems to improve clinical intervention techniques.
Determine the role of primitive reflexes and how they support or impede client functioning.
Evaluate the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and behavior in clients.
Determine the neurological responses aligned with intervention techniques to further enhance treatment planning.
Develop appropriate clinical interventions for challenging behaviors in clients, such as hyper-activity, hypoactivity, aggressiveness, self-stimulation and inattentiveness.
Implement music as a technique to initiate sensorial stimuli, calming and attentiveness in clients.
Integrate a comprehensive mindfulness program to improve self-regulation in clients.
Utilize role play activities to assess levels of arousal among clients.
Develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses a variety of clinical concerns, including social skills deficits, picky eating and sleeping issues.
Implement strategies to address reciprocal regulation between the child and caregiver in order to improve clinical outcomes.
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