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Self-Regulation Strategies & Techniques: In-Session Demonstrations for Calming Children with Autism, ADHD & Sensory Processing Disorder

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Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L
1 Hour 08 Minutes
Audio and Video
Aug 21, 2014
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Learn self-regulation strategies through live demonstrations taught by occupational therapist, international speaker and author, Teresa Garland. With the help of children with and without autism, Garland has created a collection of interventions that can be used to help any child get calm and stay calm. Included are self-regulating techniques for children of any age with autism, ADHD and sensory processing disorder to be used in the clinic, school and home. Watch and learn how these techniques are used successfully with children and how they react before and after calming scenarios.

Discover over 35 effective interventions including:

  • Breathing techniques
  • Physical activities
  • Sensory strategies
  • Environment changes
  • Structure for school or home setting
  • Weighted blankets and balls
  • Effective timeouts
  • Meditative activities
  • Child massage
  • Sleep improvement strategies
  • Ways to recover from excitement



This online program is worth 1.0 hours CPD.


Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L's Profile

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Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and author specializing in self-regulation and sensory and modulation issues. She has worked in schools, sensory clinics, and medical settings with children, adolescents, and adults with Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ADHD. Ms. Garland works closely with other mental health and allied rehab professionals, teachers, and doctors to understand and treat underlying sensory, timing, and coordination/motor planning issues as well as overlying socio/emotional behaviors and the symptoms of autism. She is trained/certified in the SIPT, Interactive Metronome®, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Therapeutic Listening, Wilbarger’s Sensory Defensiveness, the Natural Heart Approach, Mindfulness Training, and Food Chaining. 

Ms. Garland is the author of the award-winning book Self-Regulation Interventions and Strategies: Keeping the Body, Mind and Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders (PESI, 2014). Her workbook, Hands-on Activities for Children with Autism & Sensory Disorders was published in April of 2016 (PESI).

As an author and international presenter, Ms. Garland has trained over 10,000 therapists and teachers in the art of using self-regulation interventions with the children they work with in clinics and classrooms. She also trains on working with children and adults with ADHD and children with autism. Ms. Garland has a master's in occupational therapy from the University of New Mexico. She writes a blog at


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Teresa Garland is a presenter with Michigan Job Rehabilitation. She receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Teresa Garland has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  • Describe seven on-the-spot techniques for calming a child.
  • Show 10 ways to use slow or fast physical activity to regulate a child.
  • Demonstrate a four-minute stretching routine to get rid of wiggles.
  • Identify five ways to make use of weighted objects for calming.
  • Describe five ways to help a child transition from one place or activity to another.
  • List eight sensory strategies to help keep a child calm and regulated at school, at home or in the clinic.


  • Over 35 video clips showing children age 2 - 13, with and without autism engaged in calming activities
  • Clips include:
    • Practical methods for calming any child on-the spot
    • Techniques to keep a child with autism calm as he or she transitions from one place or activity to another
    • Exercise and other activities to increase a child’s ability to stay calm for long periods of time

Target Audience

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Educators, Para-Professionals, Administrators, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Parents



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 64


Christine B

"very good, gained greater understanding"

Gwen S

"Finally got it figured out, took a few minutes! Good information to use and pass on to parents/caregivers in my practice."

John S

"Thanks for this info!!"

Patricia B

"Excellent presentation!"

Amanda S


Johnny S

"Thanks for great ideas and techniques!"

Morgan T

"Wonderful CE course, I enjoyed this very much, this helped me reset how I react during my treatment sessions with a different way of thinking. "

Tamera M

"Excellent presentation."

Colleen O

"This is one of the best online CEU's I've ever watched. Excellent delivery of material and extremely practical"

Rita M

"Very useful information for myself and the children I work with"

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