February 22 & 23, 2018 – Keynote Address & Sensory Processing and Regulation Pre-Requisites to Learning Session – Crosscurrents Conference

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Crosscurrents Conference

KEYNOTE: Trauma Informed Practice: Relationships Matter

Understanding how trauma impacts lives is crucial to supporting many of our students to be their best. This keynote will illuminate the significance that trauma has on the brain, on relationships, and on the way learning happens. As educators we know it’s not accurate to say we teach subjects – we are teaching students. And each one of them may or may not be in a position to learn at their maximum capacity, due to their personal life experiences. This keynote will discuss the science behind behaviour, stress, regulation and learning. It will remind us that we are truly in the position to make a huge difference in our students’ lives.

What will you gain from this keynote?

  • An appreciation for the deep impact that trauma has upon learning.
  • An understanding of how trauma can shape relational skills and coping strategies.
  • How to ID some of the red flags in behaviour that are suggestive of relational trauma.
  • An understanding of how, as a teacher, your own awareness and mindfulness can open the door for improved connection with students who live with these challenges.
  • An introduction to attunement and communication skills that support students’ regulation, healthy brain rewiring, reflection, self-esteem and learning.


SESSION: Sensory Processing and Regulation  Pre-Requisites to Learning

Regulation is an absolute necessity for learning.  We can’t learn if we’re asleep and we can’t learn if we’re bouncing off the walls.  The trick for teachers is to be able to assess why individual students’ arousal levels are too high or too low, and be able to co-regulate them in the moment.  Whether the causes are cognitive, emotional or sensory, there are very different solutions available.  This workshop will explain sensory processing in basic language and describe how it affects the way that students are able to pay attention and participate.  The key message is that everyone, just about always, is doing the best they can with what they have.

What will you learn from this session?

  • Dysregulation can be caused by input from either our thoughts, our emotions or our sensory processing.
  • Triggers can be as simple as flickering lights or the micro expressions on our faces.
  • An overview of the most common needs we are seeing in our classes, and current best practices in supporting our diverse learners.
  • How and when to adapt the task, the environment and/or teaching style.
  • Co-regulation strategies that work in the classroom and beyond.


Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Highway
Richmond, BC


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