Sensory regulation is the ability to perceive and respond to the environment with the appropriate level of alertness. For some students it can be quite challenging to match the level of energy in their body with the task at hand. When a student’s level of arousal runs too low they may seem disinterested, clumsy or miss social cues. When a student’s level of arousal runs too high they may be easily distracted, have trouble focusing attention or may be fidgety in class. The impact of trauma can complicate this experience even further. This workshop is designed to educate, empower and to provide clear strategies to support our students.
- Learn the neuroscience of regulation and trauma and its impact on our students
- Explore the difference between behaviour versus sensory needs.
- Develop a plan to create a sensory and trauma informed classroom for you and your students.
- Explore hands on tools and strategies to promote regulation, relationships and learning
Facilitator: Kari Lotzien has worked with children, families and schools for over 20 years as a paediatric occupational therapist. She is the founder of To the Stars Occupational Therapy and Wellness Centre and Be the Anchor Ltd. Kari has presented internationally at conferences and workshops on the topics of emotional regulation, trauma informed practices and has created amazing programs for parents and educators to learn how to “be the anchor” for the children we care about. She is down to earth, funny and provides clear strategies that can be implemented right away.
Here is what our clients are saying:
I have had the pleasure of working with Kari both personally and professionally. I am continued to be amazed by Kari’s knowledge and her ability to connect with both kids and parents! I have learned so many practical skills and get very excited at every opportunity we have for her to present. She has made such a difference in my personal and professional life and I cannot thank her enough for all of her hard work!
An AMAZING workshop! Everyone could benefit from immersing themselves in this material around trauma. What stuck with me was ‘to make an impact on someone, especially a child, there needs to be a strong connection, stability and safety. Correction won’t happen unless there is trust and hope.
Every time I go and listen to Kari talk I am blown away with all the knowledge. Learning about kids who “flip their lid” and understanding the behaviours has moved mountains in my household. The last course I went to was “Be The Anchor.” I actually went twice and both times I take something else out of it to better myself and my kids. Thank you so much Kari.
I attended the highly informative, engaging, and inspiring Be the Anchor workshop put on by Kari Lotzien. As a parent, there are many questions on a day-to-day basis that we encounter, including the classic, “Am I doing this right?” The workshop provided me a little confidence, and more importantly, the tools to understand that I need to be there for my child in the way he needs. The world of parenting is tough, but Lotzien, in her comedic relief and informative manner, made me realize that we are not alone in that feeling. Walking away from the presentation I felt supported and refreshed. I would recommend this workshop to any parent.
Overall, extremely pleased with your session today. Lots of ideas shared that I can bring into my classroom and it got me reflecting on my own attitudes and beliefs. I appreciate your REAL suggestions and solutions and all the resources shared. Thank you for your wisdom. You were terrific!
Kari is SO easy to listen to. As a kindergarten teacher, I always come away with REAL ideas I can use tomorrow. Great stories and a good sense of humour all add up to an extremely worthwhile day.
I loved the stories and link to real life experiences! I wrote so many notes and hardly even doodled! That tells you how engaged I was!
You were a breath of fresh air! No fluff, just simple strategies that we can all use and what ALL educators need to hear.
Kari is a mass of compassionate, caring knowledge. I love her approach and attitude.
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