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Self Regulation Workshops

Movement and Mindfulness for Lifelong Learning: Promoting Strength and Flexibility in Body and Mind

Presented by Mary Fuhr, OTR/L, RYT & Brenda Bakke, M.Ed, PT

This course will introduce the participant to movement activities (including yoga) and mindfulness techniques using power point presentation, videos, and practicum. Participants will learn techniques they can immediately use in their pediatric practices as well as their personal lives. Participants will leave feeling calm and energized!

WOTA 3rd Annual Spring Minicon on Saturday, April 2, 2016



Sensory Processing & Strategies for Self-Regulation

Presented by Mary Fuhr, OTR/L and Carrie Sheppard, LMHC

Does your child overreact to sounds, foods or the texture of clothes? Do they appear oblivious to things others pay attention to? Is your child’s activity level way too high or too low? Does your child have frequent melt-downs? These and other symptoms could signal a sensory-processing disorder. Self-Regulation – the ability to master appropriate responses to the stresses of everyday living – is a critical life skill. Children with sensory processing disorder or who are on the autism spectrum; need to learn how to calm themselves and manage their responses, emotions and behavior. This class will help you help your child learn to self-regulate and cope with the demands of a dynamic and often bewildering world. Appropriate for parents and professionals.

Past Presentations:

Calm, Cool & Collected

Presented by: Mary Gengler Fuhr, OTR/L, RYT, CEIM and Carrie Sheppard, M. Ed., LMHC

March 6, 2015  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
ABC Church
6225 Atascadero Mall
Atascadero, CA

Helping your child develop Self-Regulation skills – the ability to self-calm or energize to master appropriate responses to the stresses of everyday living – impacts all areas of interaction throughout a lifetime. Equipping yourself to apply self-regulation strategies at home may be the single most useful tool you can give your family.

This team approach to building self-regulation skills draws from fields of neuroscience, occupational therapy, and developmental psychology to understand effective ways to motivate behavioral change.  Focus is placed on understanding each individual’s need to achieve a “just right” balance by appropriately calming an overactive brain and body  or conversely, energizing oneself  to increase a low level of alertness.  Practical and ready-to-use strategies will be presented to address your child’s motivation, self-confidence, skill development, and emotion regulation.

Recognizing that parents and caregivers are a child’s most valuable asset, this course also includes user-friendly tools for parent self-care. Participants will have an opportunity to practice a variety of strategies for self-calming, self-monitoring, and getting comfortable throughout the workshop. Leave rejuvenated and ready to refresh your relationship!

Sponsored by: Coast Allied Health Consulting and Education, Inc. in collaboration with community partners.

References from Cool, Calm and Collected

Books for Children

Cook, J. (2005). My mouth is a volcano. Chattanooga, TN: National Center for Youth Issues.

Cook, J. (2011). I just don’t’ like the sound of no. Boys Town, NE: Boys Town Press.

Garth, M. (1991). Starbright: Meditations for Children. New York, NY. HarperOne.

Griffin, M. (2010). Picky, picky Pete: A boy and his sensory challenges. Arlington, TX: Sensory World.

Hoopman, K. (2006). All cats have asperger syndrome. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Hoopman, K. (2008). All dogs have ADHD. Philadephia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Howerton, M & Sorensen, K. (2005). Sing and hum bumblebee. Raleigh, NC: Ivy House Publishing Group.

Lite, L. ( 1996). A boy and a bear: The children’s relaxation book. Plantation, FL: Specialty Press, Inc.

Lite, L. (2001). A boy and a turtle: A children’s relaxation story. LiteBooks.net, LLC.

Lite, L. (2001). The goodnight caterpillar: A children’s relaxation story. LiteBooks.Net, LLC.

Lite, L. (2008). Affirmation weaver:A beleive in yourself story. Litebooks.Net, LLC.

Lite, L. (2008). Angry octopus: A relaxation story. LiteBooks.Net, LLC.

Lite, L. (2008). Bubble riding: A relaxation story. Litebooks.Net, LLC.

Lite, L. ( 2008). Sea otter cove. LiteBooks.Net, LLC.

MacLean. (2004). Peaceful piggy meditation. Park Ridge, IL:  Albert Whitman.

Payne, L. ( 1994). Just because I am: A child’s book of affirmations. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.

Roth-Fisch. (2009). Sensitive Sam. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.

Veenendall, J. (2008). Arnie and his school tools: Simple sensory solutions that build success. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

Veenendall, J. (2009). Why does Izzy cover her ears?: Dealing with sensory overload. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

Books for Parents

Cooper-Kahn, J. & Dietzel, L. (2008). Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning. Bethseda, MD: Woodbinehouse.

Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2009). Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential. New York, NY: Guilford Publications.

Dweck, C. (2007). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York, NY: Ballantine Books.

Eldridge, S. (2009). 20 Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed: Discover the Unique Need of Your Adopted Child and Become the Best Parent You Can. U.S.: Bantam.

Harvard University, Center on the Developing Child. Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence. 16-page guide available at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/tools_and_guides/enhancing_and_practicing_executive_function_skills_with_children/

Rapee, R., Wignall, A., Spence, S., Lyneham, H. & Cobham, V. (2008). Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents. Oakland, CA: New Harbiger Publications.

Siegel, D.J. (2014). Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. New York, NY: Penguin Random House.

Siegel, D.J.  & Bryson, T. (2012). The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. U.S.: Bantam.

Child Development

Tronick, E. (2007). Still Face Experiment. Copyright © 2007 ZERO TO THREE http://www.zerotothree.org


Allen, T. (2011). Pediatric massage: A nurturing intervention for autism.  Massage Today, 11 (06). Retrieved from www.massagetoday.com.

Elements Massage (2014, January 24) Massage provides mental, physical treatment options for children with autism (Web log post). Retrieved October 10, 2014, from http://elementsmassage.com/elmgrove/blog/6518.

Escalona, A., Field, T., Singer-Strunk, R., Cullen, C.,& Hartshorn, K. (2001). Improvements in the behavior of children with autism. (Abstract). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 31, 513-516. Abstract retrieved from www6.miami.edu/touch-research.

Field, T., Lasko, D., Mundy, P., Henteleff, T., Talpins, S., & Dowling M. (1986). Autistic children’s attentiveness and responsivity improved after touch therapy. (Abstract). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 27, 329 – 334. Abstract retrieved from www6.miami.edu/touch-research.

Fuhr, M. & Drehobl, M. (2006) Pediatric massage for the child with special needs – revised. Austin, Texas: pro-ed.

Fuhr, M., Hattori, J., & Sheppard, C. (2012, February). Massage for Infants and Children on the Autism Spectrum.  Retrieved from http://www.infantmassageusa.org.

Lee, M., Kim J., & Ernst, E.  (2011). Massage therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders: a systematic review. (Abstract) Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 72, 406-411.  Abstract retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21208598.

La Plante, C. (2009, September 21). Massage therapy helps calm and center children on the autism spectrum. Retrieved from http://www.amtamassage.org.

Park, A. (2014, September 9). Autism symptoms disappeared with behavioral therapy in babies. Retrieved from http://www.time.com.

Silva, L. Schalock, M. & Gabrielsen, K. (2011). Early intervention for autism with a parent-delivered Qigong massage program: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65 (5), 550 – 559.


Allen, J. & Klein, R. (2011). Relax.calm. Watertown, WI: Inner Coaching.

Betts, D & Betts, S. (2006). Yoga for children with autism spectrum disorders. Philadephia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Caldwell, M. (2005). The girls yoga book. Toronto, Ontario: Maple Tree Press Inc.

Gillen, L. & Gillen, J. (2007). Yoga Calm for children: Educating heart, mind and body. Portland, OR: Three Pebble Press.

Kaur Khalsa, S. (1999). Fly like a butterfly: Yoga for children. New York, NY: Sterling.

NurrieStearns, M. (2010). Yoga for anxiety: meditations and practices for calming the body and mind. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Sumar, S.  Yoga for the special child. Buckingham, VA: Special Yoga Publications.

Williams, N. (2010) Yoga therapy for every special child. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Self-Regulation/Sensory Processing

Biel, L. & Peske, N. (2009). Raising a sensory smart child. New York, NY: Penguin Group.

Dalgliesh, C. (2013). The sensory child gets organized. New York, NY: Touchstone.

Delaney, T. (2008). The sensory processing disorder answer book. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.

Garland, T. (2014). Self-regulation interventions and strategies. Eau Claire, WI: PESI Publishing & Media.

Greene, W. (2006). Treating explosive kids: The collaborative problem-solving approach. New York, NY: The Guilford Publications, Inc.

Heller, S. (2002). Too loud too bright too fast too tight: What to do if you are sensory defensive in an overstimulating world. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers Inc.

Kranowitz, C. (1998). The out-of-sync child: Recognizing and coping with sensory integration dysfunction. New York, NY: The Berkley Publishing Group

Kranowitz, C. (2003). The out-of-sync child has fun: Activities for kids with sensory processing disorder. New York, NY: The Penguin Group.

Lite, L. (2014). Stress free kids: A parent’s guide to helping build self-esteem, manage stress, and reduce anxiety in children. Avon, MA: Adams Media.

Miller, L. (2006). Sensational kids: Hope and help for children with sensory processing disorder. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Myles, B., Cook, K., Miller, N., Rinner, L., & Robbins, L.( 2000). Asperger syndrome and sensory issues: Practical solutions for making sense of the world. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

 Workbooks for Children and Parents or Professionals

Attwood, T., Callesen, K., Moller Nielsen, A. (2008) The CAT-kit: Cognitive affective training. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons.

Dunn Buron, K. (2006). When my worries get too big!: A relaxation book for children who live with anxiety. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

Dunn Buron, K. (2012). Incredible 5 point scale: The significantly improved and expanded second edition. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

Henry, D. (2001). Tool Chest: For teachers, parents & students: A handbook to facilitate self-regulation. Flagstaff, AZ: Henry OT Services.

Henry, D., Kane-Wineland, M., Swindeman, S.  Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Flagstaff, AZ: Henry OT Services.

Huebner, D. (2007). What to do when your brain gets stuck: A kid’s guide to overcoming OCD. Washington, D.C.: Magination Press.

Huebner, D. ( 2008). What to do when your temper flares: A kid’s guide to overcoming problems with anger. Washington, D.C.: Magination Press.

Huebner, D. (2006). What to do when you worry too much: A kid’s guide to overcoming anxiety. Washington, D.C.: Magination Press.

Kerstein, L. (2008). My sensory book: Working together to explore sensory issues and the big feelings they can cause: A workbook for parents, professionals, and children. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

Kuypers, L. (2011). Zones of Regulation. San Jose, CA: Think Social Publishing.

Lynch, C. (2012). Totally chill: My complete guide to staying cool: A Stress management workbook for kids with social, emotional or sensory sensitivities. Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

Pudney, W. & Whitehouse, E. (1996). A volcano in my tummy: helping children to handle anger. Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society Publishers.

Purcell, M.  & Murphy, J. (2014). Mindfulness for teen anger: A workbook to overcome anger and aggression using mbsr and dbt skills. Oakland, CA: Instant Help.

Schab, L. ( 2008). The anxiety workbook for teens: Activities to help you deal with anxiety and worry. Oakland, CA: Instant Help Books.

Shapiro, L. & Sprague, R. (2009). The relaxation & stress reduction workbook for kids: Help for children to cope with stress, anxiety & transitions. Oakland, CA: Instant Help Books.


Alert Program-   www.alertprogram.com

Brain Gym –   www.braingym.org

FAB –      www.fabstrategies.org

Zero to Three        www.zerotothree.org/

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child  www.developingchild.harvard.edu/

Get Ready To Learn –    www.getreadytolearn.net

Mind Up –        www.thehawnfoundation.org

S’Cool Moves-    www.schoolmoves.com

Tool Chest –    www.henryot.com

Yoga Calm –      www.yogacalm.org