Sensation and Connection

The attachment between an infant and a loving parent or caregiver creates a lasting sense of security and safety for the child, which allows for optimal growth, development and mental health.

When the attachment relationship is disrupted, children feel insecure, unsafe and anxious. Many difficulties experienced by individuals throughout the lifespan can be traced back to disrupted attachment relationships. 
The emergence of emotional regulation is a slow gradual process that unfolds over the course of development. At first, the child relies heavily on assistance from caregivers to help them co-regulate their emotions. At first when infants are upset they need the help of an attentive caregiver to calm them down. Through practice and consistent caregiving, infants begin to develop the first signs of emotional self-regulation, as a result of “downloading”, or internalizing, their caregivers’ emotional regulation” programs” they begin to self-soothe and self-distract to avoid what has upset them. This is the path to learning the ability to calm and organize states of arousal.

Sensory processing also contributes to self-regulation and mental health. Together sensory processing, neurological integration and attachment regulation support the child learning to interact, move and learn in daily life.


Learning Objectives

  1. Learner will develop an understanding of how dyadic interaction between and adult and child contribute to the process of self-regulation within both the therapeutic context and between parents and children.
  2. Learner will develop an understanding of sensory modulation and contributions of sensory processing to self-regulation.
  3. The learner will begin to understand how to employ sensory strategies for the 
treatment of emotional trauma and sensory dysregulation across the lifespan.
  4. The learner will develop an understanding of how to intentionally employ skills of attunement for treatment of emotional trauma and sensory dysregulation in children and youth?


Day One

AM: Introduction to the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation

Recognizing attachment patterns lecture and video

PM:  Self Regulation Theory and Science: Attachment and Sensory Processing


Day Two

AM: Attunement and Interaction as Self-Regulation Intervention

PM: Sensory Processing Strategies for Intervention