•  October 4, 2024
     9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Connecting Brains and Bodies: Emotional and Sensory Regulation Strategies for the Classroom

Learning Level 2: Intermediate/Application

Intended Audience – ECSE/General Educators, Paraeducators, Social Workers, SLPs, OT/PTs, Early Intervention

Description – During this in-person workshop, participants will explore and define emotional and sensory regulation and how intertwined our brains and bodies are. Participants will learn about all sensory systems and ways to support students with sensory and/or emotional regulation challenges in the classroom. Participants will go through a series of case studies, explore sensory tools, and experience how to regulate their bodies and emotions in order to facilitate play and learning.

There will be a one-hour lunch break beginning around noon.

Continuing Education – This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area E (Org. ID# B40093, Event ID# )

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: Tazewell Mason Counties Special Education Association


  • Kirsten Amundson
    Kirsten graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Occupational Science and Master of Occupational Therapy. She has practiced in a private clinical setting, therapeutic day school, groups, as well as accredited through Illinois Early Intervention. She has completed various trainings including; MNRI, Interoception, executive functioning, dyslexia, interactive metronome, and more. Population experience includes children ages 0-18 with autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, cerebral palsy, Fragile X, genetic conditions, executive functioning, emotional regulation, and more. Kirsten is currently working as an occupational therapist at Chicago Pediatric Therapy and Wellness Center.
  • Joanna Pasheluk Schimek
    Joanna graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has practiced in outpatient pediatrics, early intervention, therapeutic school, and in group settings. Her training includes functional vision, MNRI, zones of regulation, breathing courses, sensory integration, alert program, and NDT. Joanna has worked with infants through teenagers with developmental delay; fine and visual motor delays; ADHD; autism; feeding difficulties; cerebral palsy; genetic conditions; Down syndrome; emotional regulation; executive function; and more. She currently works as an Occupational Therapist at Chicago Pediatric Therapy and Wellness Center.


301 South 4th Street, Pekin, Illinois, 61554, United States

Free Registration