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Course Overview

There are a plethora of resources available to therapists, educators and parents regarding self-regulation and sensory-based strategies. However, we do a disservice to individuals when we use quick fix behavior solutions or a narrowly-focused approach for all children. This course will present a theoretically-sound, evidence-based, and developmentally-driven method for approaching each individual child’s self-regulation needs.

We recognize that self-regulation is not merely the management of a prescribed “sensory diet” or “behavior chart”.  Self-regulation is a complex issue that affects all aspects of an individual’s well-being (physical, cognitive, emotional), as well as their surrounding relationships (family, peers, teachers) and ability to engage productively within varied environments.

We will present a framework for comprehensive evaluation and the most effective treatment strategies from a broad foundation of evidence-based practices, all within the context of the P-E-O-P (Person-Environment-Occupational-Performance) framework. Our primary focus will be on client-centered, environmentally-relevant interventions that lead to productive occupational performance across the developmental continuum from early childhood to adolescence.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the interrelationship between intrinsic and extrinsic factors on client outcomes
  • Identify key components of a holistic self-regulation program
  • Explain the relevance of outcome-focused evaluation considerations
  • Identify at least 5 evidence-based intervention strategies to address self-regulation concerns
  • Identify key factors of social cognition that impact peer and caregiver relationships
  • Describe the impact of environmental considerations on brain chemistry and mental readiness to engage in appropriate behavioral responses and strategy use
  • Explain the value and developmental appropriateness of cognitive-based approaches to addressing occupational performance self-regulation outcomes
  • Apply integrated knowledge directly to clients, through the use of course-provided tools and strategies
  • Respond to interdisciplinary team members about how to comprehensively assess and target individual challenges.

Continuing Education Credits

Occupational therapy
The Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course is offered for .60 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Distance Learning

This course will be made available for online participation following completion of the live event. A recording will be sent to those who register and pay for this option, however it is for viewing only. Downloading will not be permissible. CEU certificates of attendance will be emailed to distance learners following completion of the post-test and course evaluation. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or for more information about this option.

Program Agenda

8:00 am   Registration
8:30   Introduction: OT's role in keeping occupational performance central to client care on interdisciplinary teams
9:00-9:15   P-E-O-P framework as the foundation for comprehensive client evaluation and intervention
9:15-9:30   Theory-based developmental continuum of readiness for self-regulation intervention strategies
9:30-9:45   Break
9:45-10:45   Self-regulation is more than a "sensory diet": Components of a holistic approach
10:45 - 12:00   Interventions: Addressing physical/sensory, emotional, social cognition and environmental challenges
12:00-1:00 pm   Lunch (on your own)
1:00-1:45   Clinical Reasoning: When and how to customize strategy selection
1:45-2:15   Application: Video models and case studies
2:15-2:45   Breakout discussion groups
2:45-3:00   Break
3:00-3:45   Make and take: Creating hands-on visual supports for your clients
3:45-4:00 pm   Wrap up; final questions; adjourn

Course Presenters

Meredith Gronski, OTD, OTR/L, has a clinical doctorate of occupational therapy (OTD) that launched her focus on clinical applications of occupational therapy in community settings for children and youth. She has provided occupation-based evaluation, intervention and consultation to schools and families in the community for the past 10 years. Currently, she teaches content related to children and youth in the OT Practice/Intervention courses, including modules on sensory processing, self-regulation, school-based practice and feeding development and interventions. She is the faculty lead for the Program's Community Practice; integrating both MSOT and OTD students into clinical program development and outcomes-focused research projects.

Theresa Henry, MSOT, OTR/L, serves as the lead Pediatric Clinical Specialist for Children, Youth and Family services in the Community Practice. She has 24 years of experience working in a variety of settings, including acute rehabilitation, long-term pediatric rehabilitation, school-based therapy, and in-home services. She also served as a related services administrator at Special School District of St. Louis County, where she coordinated OT, PT, adapted physical education and assistive technology services. Theresa’s primary interests are in adolescent mental health, with emphasis on program development to address successful return to productive occupational performance roles and community engagement following substance abuse treatment.


Registration Fees

  • $150 - Registration fee
  • $120 - AOTA member fee
  • $90 - WU faculty/staff/alumni/fieldwork educator registration fee
  • $60 - Online/distance learning participant fee
  • $30 - Student registration fee
  • Click here to register online

Course Location

This course will be held in the OT Auditorium, located inside the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine. Our building is located at 4444 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108.
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Course Cancellations, Special Accommodations, and Disclosure Policy

Contact Us

Please contact us at (314) 286-1600 with any questions or for more information.

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