Certificate Course in Neurological Approaches for Self-Regulation Techniques for Kids with Autism, ADHD & Sensory Disorders
Do you work with kids demonstrating challenging behaviors such as hyper-activity, hypoactivity, aggressiveness, self-stimulation and inattentiveness? Maybe their parents or guardians are looking for more answers… and you’re not completely sure how to respond to “Why is this happening to my child?”
Knowing the underlying brain connections will help you better select and develop appropriate interventions for these disruptive behaviors. Join renowned self-regulation expert and author, Varleisha Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, for this intensive online course and learn clinically proven neurological approaches to addressing self-regulation in children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and ADHD.
You will walk away with neurologically tailored sensory strategies, cutting-edge treatment techniques, and sensory equipment strategies… including mindfulness, social skills, music and movement, and respiratory-based techniques.
Connect underlying neurological components 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
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 improving social skills and age appropriate behaviors
- Incorporating a mindfulness program for self-regulation
- Applying evaluation processes, treatment planning, goal development, and re-assessment of children displaying challenging social, eating, and sleeping behaviors
Plus, you’ll also receive first-hand demonstrations from a sensory clinic with a Sensory-Based In-Session and walk away with over 80 exercises and worksheets from Dr. Gibbs’ popular eBook, Self-Regulation and Mindfulness — both included in your course tuition when you register today!
Advance your knowledge and your practice! Earn your certificate today! Whether you are an expert on the brain or new to this science, Dr. Gibbs makes it easy to understand and easy to implement. Transform your practice and your clients’ lives with an inspired, new outlook on self-regulation…
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
The Neuroscience Behind Self-Regulation
- 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
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 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 PhD 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 and her master’s training in occupational therapy from Columbia University.
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.
Non-financial: Dr. Varleisha Gibbs has been published in a peer-reviewed journal Occupational Therapy and Healthcare.