Self-Regulation

What Is It?

Self-regulation refers to our ability to adjust our alertness and arousal level as appropriate for any given situation. This skill allows us to calm down when upset and remain focused and alert when needed. Self-regulation also encompasses our ability to generate appropriate behavioral and sensory responses to the input in our environment as observed by our behavior, attention, motor output, emotions, and social interactions.

How to know if your child struggles with self-regulation?

  • Poor frustration tolerance or easily upset

  • Often uses maladaptive ways to express

       emotions, like hitting, biting, or yelling

  • Unable to self-soothe

  • Poor transitions

  • Seeks total control of activities

  • Lack of focus/Inattention

  • Impulsively grabs or touches items

If you notice that your child is consistently demonstrating these challenges and it is impacting his or her ability to participate in play, self-care tasks, and/or peer interactions, please contact us to set up a consultation or evaluation. At dots4peds, we will develop an individualized treatment program incorporating the following strategies:

  • Implement regulation treatment protocols as deemed appropriate, including ‘The Alert Program: How Does Your Engine Run?’ and the ‘Zones of Regulation’

  • Introduce and develop a “tool box” of appropriate calming strategies to implement when experiencing difficult emotions or dysregulation

  • Learn and practice different calming strategies in a structured setting

  • Structure challenging social interactions and/or task participation to support problem solving and improved flexibility