What is Self-Regulation?
Self-regulation is a skill as any other skill. Some kids have it, some kids need to learn it. Self-regulation requires adequate sensory processing skills and executive functions. Kids who have inadequate self-regulation skills may display sensory processing challenges such as, sensory hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity. Low frustration tolerance, mental rigidity or poor problem solving skills are also commonly associated with self-regulation.
In the past several years Ronit has accumulated the knowledge, training and experience to help children with their self-regulation challenges and provide guidance to caregivers on how to best support their kids.
Programs for self-regulation are conducted in small group format throughout the year both at the KidSkills clinic and local community centres.
Signs of Self-Regulation challenges
Children with self-regulation challenges frequently behave in a manner that negatively affects themselves and the people around them. Their parents may feel guilty that they find difficulty coping with such behaviours or that they are not able to help their kids prevent them. Many times those "explosive"* kids have difficult time with transitions. Even a transition from watching TV to joining the family at the dinner table can set them off.
Kids who have self-regulation challenges may blow up and get physically or verbally aggressive several times a day. Others, only a few times a week. Some will display the challenging behaviour only at home, others only at school and some may exhibit such behaviours in any setting.
Why do these children have Self-Regulation difficulties?
Occasionally, it takes a long time to learn to cope with frustration, to be mentally flexible and solve problems, and to be more socially adaptable. However, if we help those kids learn those skills in an early age, there is a high chance that their behaviour will improve much faster, before it becomes a hard-wired habit.
So... what's the approach?
Based on the popular "The Zones of Regulation"® ** curriculum, Ronit has developed a small group format program that helps kids who struggle with behavioural issues and provides their caregivers with a visual system that can be implemented at home and at school. Kids learn to identify in which state (zone) they are in and how to adjust their behaviour when needed.
Through this system they will better identify different emotions, facial expressions and sensory needs through interactive games, sensory tools and more. They will also learn how their behaviour affects other people's thoughts.
Kids who have mild behavioural issues will benefit from this small group format program and it is highly recommended that the child repeats the program to continously improve both skills to identify their state and coping mechanisms. Ronit also brings her vast therapeutic knowledge as well as her parent guidance skills to provide parents with practical solutions to help with parent-child interaction at home.
In some cases kids who have high level of anxiety, get easily overwhelmed and tend to constantly act out in a group setting. Such will benefit more from one-on-one support before they are ready to join a group.
* "The Explosive Child", Dr. Ross W. Green