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Childhood Trauma and Self-Regulation Deficits: Screening, Intervention, and Common Concerns and Complications

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Jerrod Brown, PhD


Childhood Trauma and Self-Regulation Deficits: Screening, Intervention, and Common Concerns and Complications

Self-regulation skills are critical to a diverse range of emotional, behavioral, social, and physical health functions. When self-regulation skills are compromised, the likelihood of several short- and long-term outcomes such as problematic behaviors and risky decision making increases. Exposure to childhood trauma impedes self-regulation development and abilities. Designed for professionals, this 2-hour course examines the impacts of toxic stress, adversity, and complex trauma on self-regulation abilities in children and adolescents. The presenter identifies underlying causes and neurobiopsychosocial factors associated with poor self-regulation along with its reciprocal relationship with attachment formation, language development, emotional intelligence, sensory processing, theory of mind, and executive functioning. Self-regulation deficits among children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are discussed as well as implications for screening and intervention for self-regulation problems. In particular, the presenter identifies ways to address and manage self-regulation problems in younger individuals. Empirically based research findings and case study examples are emphasized throughout.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define self-regulation and learn about its building blocks and various dimensions.
  2. Identify red flag indicators, warning signs, and consequences of self-regulation deficits.
  3. Examine how toxic stress, adversity, and complex trauma can impede the development of self-regulation.
  4. List ways to promote and develop self-regulation skills in children.
  5. List the benefits of self-regulation throughout a variety of occupation-based activities.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: beginner- to intermediate-level OTs, COTAs, and other pediatric professionals
    Note: While many professionals may benefit from the course content, we can only guarantee acceptance of continuing education credit as described in the following CEU section.
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  • Course Instructor: Jerrod Brown, PhD
  • CE Broker course code: 20-897157

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity ID# 03898. This distance-learning, independent format is offered at 0.2 CEUs, Introductory Level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Photo of Jerrod Brown, PhD, Sensational Brain Presenter

Jerrod Brown, PhD, is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. He is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today. Jerrod has also provided consultation services to a number of caregivers, professionals, and organizations on topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; confabulation, suggestibility, trauma, and other life adversities; traumatic brain injury; and youth firesetting. He has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Other Health Disabilities, and Traumatic-Brain Injuries. Jerrod has also conducted over 200 workshops, webinars, and on-demand trainings for various organizations and professional and student audiences. In 2021, Jerrod completed a post-doctoral certificate in Leadership and Organizational Strategy from Walden University and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from San Diego State University Global Campus. Currently, He is pursuing a graduate certificate in Neuropsychology from Ball State University with an anticipated date of graduation of fall 2022. Jerrod has published several articles and book chapters and recently co-edited Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf, MA. Jerrod is also regularly featured on several national and international podcast programs.


  • Financial: Jerrod Brown receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC. He is compensated for his position as CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies and receives royalties as a co-editor of Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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