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23LC 11 007 - Developing Self-Regulation with Sensory-Based Strategies

Workshops take place on Tuesdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Nov, 5th Dec

Developing Self-Regulation with Sensory-Based Strategies 

 Sensory-based strategies are techniques that increase or decrease sensory input to help pupils to focus and learn. They are particularly useful when working with children impacted by sensory-processing difficulties arising from trauma, ADHD, Autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. This five-part webinar series is designed specifically for teachers and Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) seeking to enhance their understanding and application of sensory-based strategies to support regulation in educational settings. The series will delve into the world of sensory processing and provide practical tools to create an inclusive and harmonious learning environment.

Participants will:

  • Explore the concept of sensory processing and its impact on behaviour, attention, and learning.
  • Explore essential steps to foster self-regulation in pupils while deepening understanding of co-regulation, emotional awareness, and recognition of sensory behaviours.
  • Uncover the potential of movement breaks, alerting, organising and calming activities, and sensory circuits as powerful tools to promote engagement, regulation, and learning.
  • Discover sensory tools and resources that can be used to create sensory-rich spaces.
  • Gain the confidence to create an enriched learning environment that nurtures engagement, self-regulation, and overall well-being for all pupils.
  • Explore the powerful framework of the Zones of Regulation and gain practical strategies for implementing it in the classroom.

Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge, enhance your teaching practice, and positively impact the lives of children and young people with sensory challenges.

 Session 1 – Sensory Processing & Its Impact on Regulation

  • Understanding the senses, arousal and regulation
  • Understanding the impact of sensory processing difficulties
  • Recognising sensory seeking and sensory avoiding behaviours in school

Session 2 – Steps to Self-Regulation

  • Co-regulation
  • Naming feelings and body sensations
  • Linking emotions to arousal state
  • Creating sensory-inclusive spaces: environmental considerations
  • Sensory equipment/resources

Session 3 – Regulating Minds & Bodies

  • Movement Breaks & Sensory Circuits
  • Alerting, Organising & Calming Activities
  • Meditation, mindfulness & breathing exercises

 Session 4 - Sensory Diets: Identifying Individual Needs & Setting Goals

  • Assessment tools and techniques to gather information about sensory preferences, sensitivities, and seeking behaviours
  • Tailoring sensory diets and designing sensory schedules to meet individual needs
  • Setting goals and tracking progress

Session 5 – Implementing the Zones of Regulation

  • Introduction to the Zones of Regulation framework and its significance in promoting emotional awareness and self-regulation
  • Strategies for introducing and teaching the language of the Zones
  • Effective ways to integrate the Zones into daily classroom routines and instruction
  • Strategies for sharing the language and concepts of the Zones of Regulation with families and engaging them as partners in their child's self-regulation journey

Bio – Lucy Mannion, Director of TINT Education

With a wealth of experience as both a teacher and a senior leader in therapeutic education settings, Lucy has made a significant impact in supporting children and young people with sensory processing difficulties arising from trauma, ADHD, autism, and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Lucy's commitment to ongoing professional growth led her to pursue postgraduate studies in psychology and psychotherapy, gaining additional knowledge that has enriched her teaching practice, equipping her with a comprehensive understanding of the underlying psychological factors that influence pupils’ behaviour and wellbeing.

Throughout her career, Lucy has collaborated closely with occupational therapists and other clinicians, recognising the value of a multidisciplinary approach in promoting optimal outcomes for young learners. Her experience in working within a multidisciplinary team has provided her with a deep understanding of the complexities of sensory processing difficulties and has enabled her to develop effective strategies to support pupils in their regulation and learning.

As the Director of TINT Education, Lucy strives to bridge the gap between psychological/therapeutic theory and practical application in education environments, providing training and consultancy services to schools and professionals seeking to enhance their understanding of trauma-informed, neuroinclusive practice and implementation of associated strategies.

Course Details

Course Date 07-11-2023 6:30 pm
Course End Date 05-12-2023 8:00 pm
Cut off date 07-11-2023 12:00 pm
Registration fee / cost €37.50
Speaker Lucy Mannion
Number Hours 5
Location Online
Categories Primary, Other, Post Primary