Enhancing Regulation in Children through Sensory and Neuromodulation
A Top-Down/Bottom-Up approach for regulation in an upside-down world
Working with and raising children can come with its own kind of magic, joy and frustration, especially through the uncertainties of a pandemic. At the core, the timid and the wild child have an issue with affect regulation. For a child, learning to self-regulate early in life can create opportunities for better development and a brighter future. In this webinar, participants will learn about the impact of affect regulation on the developing mind. We will discuss how to cultivate intention, engagement and motivation, how to “listen” to the nervous system and its regulatory needs. Covering modalities such as neuro and biofeedback, sensorimotor actions, and sensory modulation, participants will have an opportunity to explore, practice, and learn strategies and techniques to support their regulation as well as the children in their lives. This webinar is intended for mental health professionals and educators.
Webinar Learning Outcomes
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe the interactions between arousal and developmental stages.
- Describe three grounding or sensory modulation techniques to aid in affect regulation
- Identify how affect regulation can positively impact different aspects of development
Anna Morrell earned her undergraduate degree from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (BFA in Painting) and Master’s from Springfield College in Clinical Art Therapy in 2006. From an early age, Anna recognized the healing qualities of the arts, from expressing thoughts and feeling states to the regulating and grounding characteristics in the act of creation. In 2010, she was introduced to Neurofeedback and has since been enamored with the potential this treatment carries for regulation and the organization of self.
Specializing in work with children, adolescents and caregivers, Anna incorporates Neurofeedback, Art Therapy, Sensory Modulation, and Play Therapy into her clinical sessions. She uses a person-centered, trauma informed approach as a means to increase emotional stability, self exploration, and life engagement, especially for those impacted by developmental disabilities and trauma.
Having gained experience in various settings such as schools, residential programming, foster care, and outpatient clinics, Anna has been able to develop, implement, and oversee several neurofeedback programs across these settings, allowing for neurofeedback to be more accessible to populations in need. Anna is a Licensed Clinical Mental Heath Counselor, Board Certified in Neurofeedback and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, offering neurofeedback mentoring, consultation, and workshops on working with the developing mind in addition to clinical work. She is a part of the dynamic Institute for Applied Neuroscience in Asheville, NC.