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.
- Define self-regulation and learn about its building blocks and various dimensions.
- Identify red flag indicators, warning signs, and consequences of self-regulation deficits.
- Examine how toxic stress, adversity, and complex trauma can impede the development of self-regulation.
- List ways to promote and develop self-regulation skills in children.
- List the benefits of self-regulation throughout a variety of occupation-based activities.
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.
Course Instructor: Jerrod Brown, PhD
Learning Assessment: Objective post-test
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
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, Beginner Level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
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