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Self-Regulation Strategies for Children with ADHD, High-Functioning Autism, Learning Disabilities or Sensory Disorders

This recording will help you to better intervene with the challenging child – the one who won’t sit still; doesn’t follow directions; often throws tantrums; or has difficulty waiting for their turn. They may “hit first and ask questions later”. They react impulsively and have difficulty expressing what they need or what is frustrating them. We know this child is intelligent, caring and kind, but their behavior doesn’t reflect these positive qualities. These are the children who confuse and frustrate parents and who overwhelm teachers and peers. They struggle to meet basic expectations and are dysregulated and unable to succeed in school, with peers, and at home.

Through discussion and hands-on experience you will discover how language, executive function and sensory processing deficits lead to misperceptions about the causes of emotional and behavioral dysregulation in these children. You will learn strategies for changing your perception and creating expectations and environments that will help them to succeed at home, school and with peers!

  • Recognize the signs of underlying processing deficits that lead to dysregulation
  • Strategies to improve self-control, social success, emotional control and task completion
  • Strategies to reduce frequency and duration of tantrums and emotional outbursts
  • Problem-solving strategies to create positive structure and expectations, positive coping and self-regulation
  • Interventions to deescalate and brain training exercises that will increase self-regulation


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Laura Ehlert
6 Hours 39 Minutes
Audio and Video
Aug 11, 2017
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This online program is worth 6.75 hours CPD.



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Laura Ehlert, Psy.D., is a child clinical psychologist who has worked with children and adolescents with severe emotional/behavioral issues for over 30 years.  She maintains a private practice in Burnsville, Minnesota where she specializes in working with clients who struggle with information, executive functioning and sensory processing deficits, and their associated emotional, behavioral and mental health issues.  Dr. Ehlert has worked with thousands of youth in a variety of settings including hospitals, residential treatment centers, partial hospital programs, school day treatment and outpatient mental health settings.  She holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology where her training focuses on developmental issues of childhood, and child psychopathology issues.

Professionals who have worked with Dr. Ehlert in the past have often commented that the perspectives and interventions she offers succeeded where others have failed. All behavior has function and is goal driven. Therefore, our understanding from the child’s perspective and being able to collaborate with the child to better know what information they do or don’t have in any difficult situation, is vital. If you want to resolve the problem that is creating the difficult behavior, you must first understand what is behind that behavior.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Laura Ehlert maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Laura Ehlert has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Communicate how sensory, language, and executive skills impairments create fight/flight/freeze and defensive responses that lead to dysregulation and related behavioral issues in children.
  2. Select the appropriate intervention strategies to improve student skills including self-control, social success, emotional regulation and task completion.
  3. Employ behavior modification techniques and problem-solving strategies to diffuse students' escalated and oppositional behavior.
  4. Implement environmental strategies to accommodate children’s processing deficits and emotional regulation needs.
  5. Utilize problem-solving strategies to develop appropriate behavioral expectations and coping mechanisms for improved self-regulation skills in students.
  6. Apply cognitive restructuring strategies to reduce frequency, severity and duration of children’s behavioral and emotional outbursts.


Treatment Approaches using Processing Perspectives

  • Improve self-regulation in children through our own paradigm shifts
  • Ping + Ping + Ping = Frustration and dysregulation
  • De-escalation strategies and precursers to problem-solving
  • Behavioral and mindful intervention for dysregulation triggers

Sensory Deficits

  • Integration, meaning and perception
  • Experience your own dsyregulation to sensory challenges
  • Reduce sensory triggers
  • Desensitize strategies to reset the “panic switch”
  • Manage the environment to reduce sensory overload

Language/Learning Deficits

  • Incorporate language processing into our understanding of behavior
  • Meaning = perception = reality = response
  • Your emotional response to their language challenges
  • Recognize, validate and problem-solve common language deficit triggers
  • Social Pragmatics insight and behavior

Executive Functioning Deficits

  • Impact of processing inconsistencies on daily functioning
  • Experience how we might set kids up to fail without realizing it
  • Problem-solving strategies to improve organization, working memory and meta-cognitive deficits
  • Environments that manage fidgeting, restlessness and inattention and provide positive social-emotional regulation
  • Roadblocks created by executive skills deficits

Perspective-Taking and Meaning

  • The "Set-up": Child's expectation + delayed development = failure
  • Develop appropriate expectations: Pitfalls and strengths of developmental models
  • Strategies for triggering triggers
  • Reinforcing desired behavior using Nurtured Heart Approach

Behavioral Strategies

  • Create realistic expectations through better understanding of the child’s process
  • Behavior modification and skills coaching: resetting and choices to improve self-regulation
  • Environmental structures that regulates
  • Empower children to improve self-regulation
  • Cognitive restructuring to reduce tantrums and emotional dysregulation

Problem-Solving Strategies

  • Reduce stressors
  • Improve child’s acceptance and personal responsibility for behavior
  • Create realistic expectations
  • Learning/teaching flexibility
  • Use language to self-regulate

Neuro-Biological Considerations

  • Diet/food
  • Supplements/vitamins
  • Sensitivities/toxins
  • Movement and exercise to regulate the brain

Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals.



Overall:      4.9

Total Reviews: 7


Kathryn P

"I absolutely LOVED this presenter. Interesting, clear, and fun to learn with. Thank you!"

Nicole T

"Great Course! Thank you!"

Jennifer W

"Really enjoyed this presenter! Wonderful, concrete examples to help my understanding of complicated situations!"

Ilana C

"THe presenter was a great communicator. Especially enjoyed her examples as they evidenced not only her knowledge but her confident clinical applications in her own practice. Found her presentation excellent. RIveting program"

Teresa B

"Great use of examples. I loved the situations she created throughout the presentation that allowed participants to experience what she was discussing. It changed perspective so you could easily relate to what the child you are working with might be feeling."

Anjela G

"The handout we received is awesome! I struggled since we attended as a webinar, but more because I prefer in person. It was a great course, and again, this handout is awesome. Thank you for your time!"

Megan B

"Excellent speaker, would like to see more presentations from her."

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