Objectives

After taking this course teachers will be able to:

  • Define and describe self-regulation (sensory, physical, cognitive, social & emotional) difficulties that impact children in your classroom

  • Identify (sensory, physical, cognitive, social & emotional) regulation strategies that can be used with students to help them to engage, focus and participate in class activities

  • Identify how executive functioning skills (that is - working memory, task initiation, emotional control, planning, organisation, self-monitoring) impact the student’s engagement, learning and inclusion in class

  • Identify a range of executive functioning skills (e.g. planning, organization, time-management) strategies that can enhance students' abilities to participate and self-manage in the classroom and school setting

  • Reflect upon their practice and how self-regulation and organisational skill strategies could be integrated as a whole-school, class-based or individualised approach.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Learning objectives

    • Course Overview

    • Terms of Agreement and Disclaimer

  • 2

    Welcome to the course!

    • How to use this course

    • Welcome

    • Submitting assignments

  • 3

    Module 1 - Why do some children struggle to maintain attention, focus, sit still and organise themself?

    • Lesson 1.1 Signs and symptoms of poor self-regulation in the classroom

    • Reflection - Learning Assignment: 1

    • Lesson 1.2 What is Self-Regulation

    • Lesson 1. 3 Executive function & Self-Regulation - Center on Child Development Harvard University

    • Shared Learning Assignment: 2

  • 4

    Module 2

    • Lesson 2.0 Module Overview

    • Lesson 2.1 Physical Regulation​

    • The Importance of Sleep in Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing and Regulation - NCSE

    • Lesson 2.2 Learning Assignment Instructions

    • Learning Assignment 3: Sensory-Motor Checklist

    • Lesson 2.3 Signs & symptoms of sensory processing difficulties in the classroom​

    • Lesson 2.4​ Our sensory systems

    • Lesson 2. 5- What are Sensory Issues

    • Lesson 2.6 Sensory processing from a child's perspective

    • Lesson 2.7 Activities that can help the child to calm their arousal

    • Lesson 2.8 Strategies to support effective sensory regulation​

    • Setting up the environment for a movement breaks

    • Movement break activity idea - a

    • Movement break activity idea - b

    • Movement break activity idea - c

    • Movement break activity idea - d

    • In class sensory based regulation activity

    • Additional Resources - Sensory Processing Information for Parents: NCSE Resource

    • Using scissors skills as a tactile sensory activity

  • 5

    Module 3 - Emotional regulation

    • Lesson 3.1 Emotional Regulation

    • Learning assignment 4: Emotion regulation strategies quiz

    • Lesson 3.2 Breathing activities to support emotional regulation

    • Lesson 3.3 Sand play as an emotional regulation activity

  • 6

    Module 4 - Executive functioning skills - strategies to support engagement, learning and inclusion​

    • Lesson 4.1 Strategies to support executive functioning

    • Learning assignment 5: Gathering information on the child's executive functioning abilities

  • 7

    Module 5 - Setting up the school environment to support self-regulation​

    • Lesson 5.1 Environmental strategies to support self-regulation

    • Lesson 5.2 Using visuals to support self-regulation

    • Lesson 5.3 Using timers to support self-regulation

    • Lesson 5.4 Impact of environment on organisation

    • How can the environment promote movement within the classroom - NCSE Resource

    • Final Assessment

    • Submitting all assignments

    • Participant Evaluation Form

  • 8

    Course completion

    • Thank you

Instructor(s)

Dr

Áine O'Dea

Dr. Áine O'Dea is an occupational therapist. She brings a distinctive background of clinical expertise, leadership, and research experience, having worked in various clinical and academic settings in Ireland and the UK. Áine was the first occupational therapist in Ireland to be awarded the prestigious SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) PhD scholarship from the HRB (Health Research Board), during which she completed her doctoral studies in the area of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), examining both the most effective interventions to treat this disorder, and how to combat the negative impacts it has on inclusion and participation for young people. Áine provides consultative services to the National Council for Special Education’s Occupational Therapy Support for Schools Project, which is a partnership between NCSE and the University of Limerick started in early 2019.

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Every teacher should do this course!

Valerie Vaughan

Cannot recommend this course enough. It has lots of practical advice that can be applied to the classroom. Explains specific ways of responding to issues in ...

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Cannot recommend this course enough. It has lots of practical advice that can be applied to the classroom. Explains specific ways of responding to issues in class and report recommendations.

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Excellent course content

Cathriona Maher

This course is very thorough and gives huge insight into Executive Functioning and self-regulation. I have learned so much from this course. The video conten...

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This course is very thorough and gives huge insight into Executive Functioning and self-regulation. I have learned so much from this course. The video content was excellent, giving a vast amount of ideas and resources that can be implemented at the whole class level. Thank you, Aine, for such a practical and enjoyable course!

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Very informative, essential course for all Primary teachers

Anne-Marie OHora

This course on self regulation should be on every teachers to do list. I found the information applicable to every class I have taught in the last 10 yeas an...

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This course on self regulation should be on every teachers to do list. I found the information applicable to every class I have taught in the last 10 yeas and I'm sorry I didn't have this information before. The term 'executive functioning skills' was new to my vocabulary but I forsee I will be using it daily in the coming school year to help my reluctant, distracted and giddy students to regulate and learn.

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Fantastic course

Aileen Griffin

Very engaging and educational course

Very engaging and educational course

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lots of practical tips

Enda Morris

Very informative course with lots of practical tips to support the theory.

Very informative course with lots of practical tips to support the theory.

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Excellent

Orla Collins

This course was very practical, informative and well delivered. I really enjoyed it and learned so many ideas to put implement.

This course was very practical, informative and well delivered. I really enjoyed it and learned so many ideas to put implement.

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Excellent course

Marianne O'Brien

As both a mother of a child with DCD and a teacher to many children who have issues with self regulation, this course is outstanding. Dr Áine O'Dea has crea...

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As both a mother of a child with DCD and a teacher to many children who have issues with self regulation, this course is outstanding. Dr Áine O'Dea has created a course that is both informative and practical.

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Very good

Anne Mc Cluskey

Engaging, practical and well explained.

Engaging, practical and well explained.

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Brilliant course

Emma Keenan

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and feel better equipped to help children who present with executive functioning difficulties and/or emotional dysregulation...

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I thoroughly enjoyed this course and feel better equipped to help children who present with executive functioning difficulties and/or emotional dysregulation. Thank you for making so many videos, it felt like I was doing a face-to-face course!

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I highly recommend this course to all teachers, SNAs, par...

Carina Tighe

This course is excellent. It is thorough without overloading us with the lingo. It is extremely relevant to the mainstream class teacher and Special Educatio...

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This course is excellent. It is thorough without overloading us with the lingo. It is extremely relevant to the mainstream class teacher and Special Education Teacher. Áine's presentations are very engaging, and each of the videos concisely communicates how the behaviours of the primary school child can be developed or supported. I highly recommend this course to all teachers, SNAs, parents or anyone working with and engaging with children.

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