Helping your child to “self-regulate” their emotional states and behaviour

Helping your child to “Self-Regulate” their emotional states and behaviour:

This presentation looks at the use of sensory activities and foods, to help children learn how to self regulate their emotional states and behaviour. It also uses cartoon characters called ‘The Scared Gang’ which represents the different survival and attachment patterns of behaviour. The different characters tell the children how they react to situations and what each of them does to achieve the “just-right state”. The goal of the programme is to enable children become more emotionally aware of themselves and of others, to give them simple tools to enable them to self regulate and achieve the just right state, whether it is to engage in academic learning, interacting with their peers, or to be able to get a good night’s sleep. Children are seen in groups of four to six for one hour fifteen minutes once a week.​​

What you will learn?

Parents learn how to regulate their child from sensory and attachment perspectives. The aim of the programme is to enhance parents’ awareness of their own engagement patterns and how this impacts on their child’s emotional states. It also addresses the underlying reasons for behaviours. Parents first complete a sensory-attachment profile questionnaire that looks at the survival, sensory, and attachment behaviours of their child. They learn about; the different levels of self- regulation (physiological, sensory, emotional, and cognitive); the regulating effects of food and activities; and how to create an enriched environment that is tailor made both for them and their child’s sensory-attachment needs.


Where? Young Hearts & Minds Event – Waterfront Hall

When ? Thursday 28th June – 1120 – 1220

Cost ? £48 – 2 Days / £35 – 1 Day


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A little bit about the speaker!

Éadaoin Bhreathnach is a Consultant Occupational Therapist and Attachment Counsellor, based in Northern Ireland. Her work focuses on the treatment of traumatised children, adolescents and adults, who struggle to participate in intervention programmes because of their heightened levels of anxiety. Éadaoin developed a trauma model model called Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI) in which individuals learn to self calm through the use of regulating activities. Her work had gained international recognition and is cited by respected clinicians in the field of Attachment.



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