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.

  1. Learn the neuroscience of regulation and trauma and its impact on our students
  2. Explore the difference between behaviour versus sensory needs.
  3. Develop a plan to create a sensory and trauma informed classroom for you and your students.
  4. 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 pediatric 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.