1177d – Webinar – Sensory Equipment for Children and Teens
(April 2018) This workshop is for parents, caregivers, and mental health practitioners who are interested in how they might begin integrating sensory equipment and tools into session work and at home to help children and teens re-engage with self-regulation and increase body awareness (in a way that’s enjoyable!). The workshop is informed by the work of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a neuroscientist and expert in the field of trauma, and is an evidence-based method used at his Trauma Center to support clients in the safe processing of trauma, which means a greater sense of safety in the body. With some creativity, adaptations can be made for at home so that children and teens continue to benefit from the discoveries made in psychotherapy sessions about which tools offer the greatest regulation and organization for their system.
Amie and Tammy will provide simple charts that offer a variety of ideas for how to help a child find self-regulation through the senses. They will discuss the ways in which a child may already be showing you which of their sensory systems offers the easiest path to regulation for them.
Amie Summers, LGSW, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner trained in Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) through Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center. In her private psychotherapy practice she has the honor of witnessing kids and teens, many of whom are from “hard places,” transform and re-discover their “awesome” through the assistance of a variety of modalities, including utilization of sensory equipment, big and small. Tammy Starkey is a licensed independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner(SEP). She has 20 years post masters of work with children, adolescents and young adults. Her work experience includes schools (elementary-high school ), children’s hospital on-call and private practice. Her areas of expertise are trauma/traumatic stress, attachment (research to practice), anxiety, depression, anger/aggression, relationship conflict, see esteem, and academic struggles. She believes in an integrative approach using modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), somatic experiencing (SE), sensory motor arousal regulation treatment (SMART), somatic resilience and regulation: early trauma, narrative, family systems, play techniques and sand play. And together with clients creates a collaborative place where regulation and meaning-making organically happen.