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Second, emotional regulation and challenges will be discussed within the context of sensory challenges. Through examples, vignettes and activities, participants will examine the link between sensory challenges and emotional difficulties. Strategies will be discussed and demonstrated.
Finally, throughout both segments, the presenter will highlight the critical relationship between building self-awareness in the individual with an autism spectrum disorder and the efficacy of interventions. As parents and professionals, it is vital that we increase self-awareness so that individuals can ultimately identify their own strengths, needs and design appropriate intervention strategies. If individuals with an autism spectrum disorder are aware of the rationale behind the strategies in place, and the instances in which a strategy might be helpful, they can advocate for themselves and be in charge of their own successes.
The goal of this presentation is to increase provider/parent knowledge in the area of sensory issues and emotions. Most importantly, this presentation will offer concrete strategies that can be incorporated seamlessly into everyday routines. The specific strategies are ones that can elicit success in any environment. In a world in which the diagnosis of autism is far more frequent than it once was, and the majority of individuals diagnosed on the spectrum struggle with sensory integration issues, it seems critical to embrace the heterogeneity of this diagnosis while simultaneously deepening our understanding of the challenges associated with diagnosis. Sensory issues are often one of the intense challenges associated with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. As such, concrete intervention tools that support both sensory challenges and emotional challenges seem critical for home, school and the community.
This presentation will incorporate the past and current research and concrete intervention strategies included in My Sensory Book: Working Together to Explore Sensory Issues and the Big Feelings They Can Cause: A Workbook for Parents, Professionals, and Children. The presentation will also include other intervention strategies and information based upon my 13 plus years of practice in the mental health field as a transdisciplinary provider.
Content Area: Sensory Processing
Lauren Heller Kerstein, LCSW
Child and Family Psychotherapist
Lauren H. Kerstein LCSW, P.C.