Kathee Cammisa – Attachment & Emotional Regulation Techniques for Kids: Calm the Nervous System & De-Escalate Difficult Behaviors

Kathee Cammisa – Attachment & Emotional Regulation Techniques for Kids: Calm the Nervous System & De-Escalate Difficult Behaviors

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Kathee Cammisa
6 Hours 10 Minutes
Audio and Video
Apr 23, 2020


Frustratingly, therapy and educational goals are often derailed by children becoming instantaneously dysregulated in emotion, thought and behavior.

While it only takes a few seconds for a child to throw a blood-curdling tantrum it can take 45 minutes to deescalate – by then your time together is almost up.

Now imagine a reserve of practical strategies to deal with difficult behaviors in children. Interventions that will quickly empower children to make good choices, think before they act and choose their best behavior, most of the time.

Join Kathryne Cammisa, MHE, OTR/L, in this recording and learn effective strategies to teach children crucial self-regulation skills that will help them to:

  • resist highly emotional reactions to upsetting stimuli
  • calm themselves down when they are upset, and
  • consciously adjust to changing expectations and frustrations without a tantrum or outburst.

You will walk away with techniques such as relaxation, mindfulness, social stories, video modeling, visualization, and affirmations for children of a variety of ages and abilities, including Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, behavioral or emotional deficits, and other special needs.

Learn strategies that are necessary for children to sustain self-regulation so that they can become more independent and successful in all areas of their lives!



The Neurobiology of Attachment to Empower Interventions

  • Neurological basis of attachment and emotional regulation
  • How relationships can reshape our brains
  • Mirror neurons, empathy and connecting with others
  • Oxytocin and the individual self
  • How attachment style impacts your client’s relationships
  • Attachment and attunement in the therapeutic relationship

Impact of Anxiety and Stress on Self-Regulation

  • Stress response patterns as survival strategies
  • Nervous system implications – Fight, Flight, Fright, Freeze to Rest and Digest
  • Impact of stress on mental and physical functioning
  • Anxiety and brain research
  • Quick stress busters

Support Strategies to Sustain Self-Regulation

  • By age/developmental level including infants and low level functioning kids
  • Routines for regulation
  • Responsive, predictable care for teaching emotional intelligence
  • Imitation strategies for engagement and communication
  • Self-soothing strategies for independence
  • Language for positive results
  • Environments to support cognitive and language development
  • Responsive guidance techniques to support self-control
  • Play to stimulate development of regulatory skills
  • Scaffolding to expand and develop social skills

Calm the Nervous System

  • Techniques for little ones and older children
  • Quick relaxation breaks, alternate muscle contraction and social rituals
  • Progressive muscle relaxation, guided relaxation, sweeping breath
  • Stress reduction lab: Breath work

Empower and Motivate Kids to be Emotional Independent

  • Creative interventions that positively change behavior
  • Mindfulness
  • Social stories
  • Video modeling
  • Visualization
  • Affirmations
  • Build confidence
  • Develop autonomy and intrinsic motivation

Address Tantrums & Other Difficult Behaviors that Impede Outcomes

  • Strategies and techniques to minimize
  • Elimination problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Eating problems
  • Transition problems
  • Sensory problems

Apply Behavior Modification Techniques and Interventions

  • Positive discipline techniques: Case example
  • Alternatives to punishment: Case example
  • Gradual exposure to broaden tolerance: Case example
  • Self-management to empower kids: Case example

Self-Regulation Problem Solving Lab

  • Case study analyzation: Linking what we’ve learned to symptomology
  • Aligning symptoms and characteristics with appropriate interventions
  • Therapeutic use of self with difficult kids


Kathee Cammisa, MHE, OTR/L Related seminars and products: 4

Kathryne (Kathee) Cammisa, MHE, OTR/L, is an SI/NDT certified occupational therapist, American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer, Pranakriya certified yoga therapist, Radiant Child/Family 200 hour certified yoga teacher and Mindful Schools certified mindfulness teacher. Kathee has over 25 years of experience working with children with special needs in home, school, child care and clinic settings. She works with children and their families through her private practice and at Children’s Place, a therapeutic child care center. Kathee has extensive teaching experience throughout the country, with Georgia State’s Project SCEIS, and the Medical College of Georgia where she served as assistant professor of occupational therapy. She has been published by the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy in Mental and has taken yoga and occupational therapy to children in China, Vietnam, Costa Rica and Ghana.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kathryne Cammisa maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Kathryne Cammisa has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclosure.

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