Behavioral and Emotional Regulation
Behavioral and emotional regulation are essential to sustain attention to an activity, learn new skills, interact with others, and play independently or socially. Difficulties with behavior and emotional regulation can socially isolate children and their parents, and also contribute to learning difficulties.
Occupational Therapists specialize in helping children develop effective sensory reactions and strategies to support appropriate behavior and attention. Both Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists help children develop play skills (independent and social) including turn-taking, planning play, and interacting with others.
Children who struggle with behavior and emotional regulation can have difficulties with:
Concentration and sustained attention to an activity (even an enjoyable one)
Behaving in a way that is consistently appropriate to the situation or task
Self-regulating their physical activity, emotional state, or thoughts to match the situation or task
Appropriate sensory reactions to stimuli and events
Engaging in sedentary activities for extended periods of time
Age-appropriate learning in general
Conversation Skills for Children
Speech Development in Children