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Connecting Sensation and Emotion to Build Regulation & Relationships: Sensory Attuned Play that Enhances Sensory Motor Development Through Emotional Expression

January 22, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

$100.00 – $200.00

The way we move and respond to sensation impacts how we feel. Equally how we feel impacts they way we move and how we respond to sensation.  This workshop will explore the connection between sensation, action and emotion offering a new lens on how we assess and treat emotion regulation in children.

Beginning with a quick review of sensory processing differences, we will dive deeper into the impact of these differences on the way our children feel and interact with others.  Predominant emotional states and personalities that trend with each sensory processing difference will be identified along with a review of the impact of this on relational health of children and caregivers. With an understanding of these connections, you will be guided to develop play scenarios that encompass both the sensory motor and social emotional needs of children impacted by each sensory processing difference to facilitate regulation, engagement and social connection.

Taking place over two-days:
January 22, 2022 (8:30am to Noon)
January 29, 2022 (8:30am to Noon)

Learning Objectives:

– Identify the predominant emotional states associated with each sensory processing difference (Sensory Processing Disorder sub-type).
– Recognize personality traits associated with each sensory processing difference (Sensory Processing Disorder sub-type).
– Develop treatment plans including intentional therapeutic play themes that align with the sensory emotional experience represented by each sensory processing difference.
– Discuss research connecting sensation, emotion and temperament and the use of play as a therapeutic approach.

About the Presenter:

Michele Parkins is an Occupational Therapist specializing in working with children and families with Sensory Processing and Integration Disorder and challenges in social emotional development as the Founder and Director of Great Kids Place in New Jersey.  Michele is faculty of STAR Institute, teaching Levels 1 and 2 Intensive Mentorships and Levels 1 and 2 SPD Certification.  She is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) certified.  Michele has co-authored two chapters and is contributing to research articles related to sensory processing and social emotional development.

Michele has Advanced Certification in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She is DIR certified and is faculty of Profectum Foundation where she educates therapists all over the world on social-emotional development and the DIR model.  She works closely with the New Jersey Association of Infant Mental Health providing training for early childhood workers on the impact of sensory processing differences on emotional regulation and relational health with caregivers and peers.

Michele’s passion lies in the use of play and affective interactions to facilitate social emotional development alongside sensory motor capacities.   She has developed a play model reflecting this passion that is used in her practice – Great Kids Place.  She advocates for all children and families impacted by Sensory Processing and Integration Disorder to help them and others to understand the impact of differences in sensory processing on social emotional development and well-being, including challenges in emotional regulation, developing and maintaining relationships and social skills. Michele is also a mother of two children with sensory processing differences, ADHD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  She uses her real-life experiences to help her clients better understand the impact of SPD on family dynamics and relationships and the day to day demands of life with sensory processing differences.


January 22, 2022
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
$100.00 – $200.00
Event Category:


Online Event


Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists
(855) MY1-SAOT
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