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Occupational Therapy and Self-Regulation

This session will discuss the role of occupational therapy in addressing self-regulation in children throughout the lifespan. The presenter will share evidence for best practice provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).  Intervention strategies include self-regulation and mindfulness approaches, trauma responsive techniques, and sensory based strategies. Case studies allow the attendees to apply their knowledge of the following objectives.

Objectives of the session:

To discuss, analyze, and identify opportunities as it relates to: 

  • Self-Regulation and opportunities to address the needs of students
  • The importance of self-regulation for all ages and for students with and without a disability 
  • Best practices for improving a student’s self-regulation through an occupational therapy lens  

Created in partnership with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), these practice-based webinars are designed to help those in the special education field deepen their understanding of self-regulation and best practices for collaboration between teacher and occupational therapy practitioner.

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About the Presenter

Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L is the Vice President of Practice Engagement and Capacity Building at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She previously served as the Scientific Programs Officer at the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Dr. Gibbs is an occupational therapist, international lecturer, researcher, and author. Her areas of expertise include neuroanatomy, self-regulation strategies across the lifespan, health inequities, and trauma responsive approaches. Dr. Gibbs founded and operated a private therapy firm for over 10 years.   

Dr. Gibbs began her career after receiving her baccalaureate degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware. She continued her studies in the field of Occupational Therapy receiving a Master of Science degree from Columbia University and a clinical doctorate from Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Gibbs completed her Ph.D. program in Health Sciences Leadership at Seton Hall University.   

As an occupational therapist, Varleisha has a passion for designing strategies to support individuals in their journey to live their most independent and fulfilled lives. In addition to being a licensed occupational therapist, she is an author, renown international speaker, and expert in the areas of the neurological connections for self-regulation, sensory processing, trauma responsive care, and health and wellness.  

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