Self-regulation is the ability to understand and manage behaviour and your reactions to feelings and the things happening around you. Children start developing this ability from around 12 months of age. However, this is often something which children with sensory integration difficulties may struggle with.
When using Ayres’ Sensory Integration Therapy to support children with sensory and emotion regulation difficulties, the Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or Speech and Language Therapist will also explore how to use sensory strategies and psycho-education, alongside one to one therapy, working withthose caring for the child.
The therapist may work the child and others around them, developing ways to recognise, understand and then manage emotions and feelings.
Read more about Self Regulation at raisingchildren.net.au
The Sensory Ladder developed by Kath Smith OT is a useful tool used by many therapists when working on the development of self awareness; self-states and self-regulation.