Welcome to sensory regulation, a place where you can find the tools and tips to help children emotionally and somatically regulate.
I have worked therapeutically with children in primary schools for the past 10 years. In my earlier life I was a nanny and after leaving that profession I tried out an office job – but my heart was still in working with children as well as personal development – so I decided to study counselling instead. This was primarly aimed at adults but as time went on I specialised in child therapy.
If Behaviour is the Answer – what is the Question?
After hearing this proposed question in one of the various trainings I attended, it really did ignite a passion in me to discover what was happening for these children who would seemingly fly off the handle for no apparent reason and would either be in fight, flight or freeze mode.
In the schools that I visited there seemed to be an increase of children that would often times find themselves dysregulated and school staff at a loss as to the reason behind the behaviour and what to do.
It was because one of the children I worked with therapeutically and I took to supervision to discuss time and time again just not knowing what to do with her, when my supervisor introduced the notion of developmental trauma to me. This opened up a whole new avenue of understanding the developing brain and the connection to sensory input, or lack of, that can dysregulate children and adults in later life. For those types of children, my type of humanistic/child-led therapy would not work until that was addressed.
I have been working with a 6-year-old child who is adopted by loving parents. They came to me at a complete loss as to how to help their son. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and emotional dysregulation and they were of the mind that this was something they were going to have to live with. After meeting with him a few times and then reading his adoption papers regarding his early years, I proposed to them this may be developmental trauma. What his mind doesn’t remember, his somatic body does and that is where we needed to start. They have taken my suggestions to help regulate his somatic body and the response he has had in just a few months has been amazing. This is still a work in progress and I will be updating that here as I take you on the journey with me
Why this site?
I want to share with parents and carers tools and tips I have found in my experience that have worked with various regulating issues and I will continue to update the site as I discover more. These tools can help any child with sensory processing difficulties. I’d say not every child with these difficulties has had adverse childhood experiences or developmental trauma, but certainly every child who has been exposed to trauma in the early years – as young as in the womb will most certainly have a form of dysregulation.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.