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Children with special educational needs and who may display challenging behaviour will typically require adult support to help regulate their emotions before they learn to do this independently. When a child cannot regulate their emotions, it impacts their whole day including their ability to access learning, maintain peer relationships and participate in extra-curricular activities.
This webinar will introduce how to identify the different states of regulation and look at practical strategies which can support the child in returning to their "just-right" state for learning. We will look at using The Zones of Regulation, which is a framework that develops a child’s awareness of their feelings, their energy and their alertness levels while exploring a variety of tools and strategies for regulation. It provides an easy, child-friendly way to think and talk about how we feel on the inside and categorise these feelings into four coloured Zones. Once children understand their feelings and zones, they can learn to use tools and strategies to manage their different Zones in order to participate effectively in everyday life tasks.
An important thing to remember is that there are no good or bad zones but it is helpful to be aware of when it might be useful to be in a certain zone, as well as using strategies to get us back to the optimal zone of regulation. SNAs will receive an in-depth understanding of the Zones of Regulation and learn how to support children in identifying their feelings and alertness levels, develop a child's self-awareness of their own triggers, while providing a variety of practical strategies which are easy to implement within the school day to support a child’s regulation.
Bio of Presenter: Martha Ní Fhlatharta
Martha is an Irish school-based Occupational Therapist, working specifically in a specialist therapeutic school in London for children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences and significant childhood trauma. Martha is specialised in working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, social, emotional and mental health needs, Developmental Coordination Disorder and accompanying sensory processing, motor skill, visual perceptual and executive functioning needs. Martha is skilled in providing sensory and movement-based interventions which support emotional regulation, as well as using specific strategies to support development of independent life skills. She uses a trauma-informed, child-centred approach to ensure goals are relevant and meaningful for each specific child and plans interventions around the child's interests to facilitate participation and engagement.