Self-Regulation and Occupational Therapy

Posted on January 9, 2018 · Posted in Parent Tips

The ability to regulate sensation, emotions, and behavior is known as self-regulation (National Research Council & Institute of Medicine, 2000). Four components identified by Kuypers (2013) include sensory processing (e.g., regulating input from sensory systems such as touch, hearing, proprioceptive, vestibular), emotional regulatory abilities (e.g., ability to attend and engage in social/learning activities), cognitive regulatory process (e.g., working memory, impulse control), and social perspective taking (e.g., understanding other people’s thoughts and feelings are different from your own and that your behavior affects others).

Occupational therapists work on any one or a combination of these components by addressing attention, response to sensory stimuli, learning, and social interactions). At Metro West Learning Center, occupational therapy addresses self-regulation components using cognitive, occupation-based, and sensory processing interventions. In collaboration with parents and other family members, we focus on participating in daily life tasks.

Kuypers, L. (2013, December). The zones of regulation: A framework to foster self-regulation. Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 36(4), 1–4.

National Research Council and Institute of Medicine (2000). From Neurons to Neighborhoods:     The Science of Early Childhood Development. J.P. Shonkoff & D.A. Phillips (Eds.),       Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.