Helpful Book – Self Regulation Interventions and Strategies

Self-Regulation interventions and strategies: Keeping the body, mind and emotions on task in children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders is written by Teresa Garland, an Occupational Therapist with years of experience working with children with sensory problems. This book has a wealth of information to develop self-regulation in our kids. You will find many strategies in the Autism and sensory sections and even if your kiddo doesn’t have ADHD, there are many useful strategies in that section for teaching organization skills and executive function skills, that are equally helpful for our children.

The first chapter is Autism and talks about visual schedules, social stories, video modeling, behavior problems and various ways to handle them. The second chapter is Staying calm and Alert discusses social exchange, its importance in Autism and how to develop it. Calming and alerting techniques discussed in this chapter include, breathing exercises, massages, Isometric exercises, MeMoves, yoga, aromatherapy and many more.

The third chapter is Sensory Modulation and talks about the modulation problems i.e., Oversensitive, Undersensitive and Craving for all the senses including Interoception. Then the author delves into strategies and adaptations for sensory modulation problems and suggests MANY resources and activities. The fourth chapter is Eating, Sleeping, Bowel and Bladder – the major areas of concern for our children. The author discusses the various aspects of all four topics, including the common problems and various adaptations and activities to help the kiddo. Very informative!

The fifth chapter is Emotions and Emotional regulation. It talks about Emotional challenges manifested in Autism, ADHD and Sensory modulation disorder and suggests numerous interventions for them like grounding foods, grounding anxiety with chores, yoga, art and music, etc,. The sixth chapter is Executive Function and ADHD, wherein, the five levels of executive function are described along with interventions for each level. Other topics in this chapter include medication for ADHD, organization skills, energy management, etc,. The last chapter is the Self-Regulated child, where the author tracks the progress of three children – one with Autism, second with sensory modulation disorder and the third with ADHD, as they learn to regulate themselves with the help numerous interventions over the period of a year.

There are numerous worksheets at the end of the book and the resources section is very helpful. All in all, a very useful book for both therapists and parents.

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