On-Demand Course: Co-Regulation & Sensory Safety: The Foundation of Successful Participation

$79.00 USD

Co-Regulation is one of the most overlooked, yet powerful strategies we can offer our clients (and ourselves!). In this course, you will learn about the neurobiological difference between co-regulation and self-regulation and how to use this science to nurture engagement and participation. Many practical, evidence-based strategies for promoting regulation, mutual relationship and sensory safety are shared.

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An AOTA Approved Provider Course.

Group Discount Available:

2-5 Participants: 15% Discount

6+ Participants: 25% Discount

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This On-Demand Course Includes:

  •  2-hours instruction with Kelly Mahler OTD and Greg Santucci MS, OTR/L (approximately 90 minutes of content + 30 minutes of Q&A)
  •  6-months unlimited access to the recorded version
  •  Access to 3 exclusive downloadable resources
  • Personalized certificate of completion
  • While this course is excellent for a wide variety of attendees, this course is approved for 0.20 AOTA CEUs (2 contact hours).

What you’ll learn:

  • How to improve the overall engagement of the clients you serve—especially the clients that appear to be disconnected or uninterested or labeled by others as ‘challenging’—and inspiring participation without compliance-based methods!
  • Tips for building trusting, safe and mutual relationships with your clients
  • What the most current literature says about effective regulation supports
  • The neurobiogical difference between co-regulation and self-regulation
  • How co-regulation is often a missing component when fostering engagement, participation & learning
  • The role that interoception plays in co-regulation & self-regulation and using this science to help you set realistic regulation goals with your client
  • How to create buy-in for a regulation focused model in a sea of compliance/behaviorism
  • How compliance-based approaches present an ethical dilemma for therapists and what we can do about it
  • Many practical strategies for promoting regulation and sensory safety. These strategies can be used in a variety of settings.


Who this course is for:

  • You are serving clients of any age with regulation differences
  • You are an Occupational Therapy Practitioner, Educator, Mental Health Provider, Speech and Language Pathologist, Behaviorist, or Caregiver who wants to help clients be better understood and supported.
  • You are seeking a ‘better way’ to support students that may be struggling with regulation, engagement and participation
  • You want to remain on the cutting edge of practice and follow what the research states as the best evidence-based approach for supporting your clients.

So, who are we?:

Although we never met in person, Kelly has been virtually fan-girling over Greg’s work for years. He is an incredible advocate for the profession of OT and an even fiercer advocate for the rights of his clients. Greg’s message is one that we all need to hear, so Kelly is thrilled that he said ‘yes’ to this collaboration!

Greg SantucciMore about Greg Santucci: I am a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and the Founding Director of Power Play Pediatric Therapy. For over 20 years, I’ve been committed to providing neurodevelopmentally informed therapy services to children, as well as workshops to parents and professionals promoting compassionate, collaborative and brain-based interventions to support children of all abilities.


Kelly MahlerMore about Kelly Mahler: I am a fiery and passionate person that loves to crunch pinecones, cuddle with my 2 Corgi puppies and cook (sometimes poorly) with my family. I earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA and have been an occupational therapist for 19 years, serving school-aged children and adults. I’m winner of multiple awards including the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging and Innovative Practice Award & a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal. I am an international speaker and enjoy presenting on topics related to the twelve resources I’ve authored including The Interoception Curriculum.

The Official Stuff:

  • Course Level: There are no prerequisites for this course
  • AOTA Areas: Foundational Knowledge, OT Service Delivery
  • CE Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    1. Identify and explain the neurobiological difference between co-regulation and self-regulation.
    2. Develop knowledge of the role that interoception plays in co-regulation & self-regulation and use the Sensory Safe Environment checklist to help set realistic regulation goals with your client.
    3. Identify at least 2 practical strategies for promoting regulation and sensory safety. These strategies can be used in a variety of settings.
  • Contact Hours: This course is worth 2.0 contact hours or 0.20 AOTA CEUs.
  • Completion Requirements:To receive credit and certificate for this course you must listen to the course in its entirety, pass the accompanying assessment with an 80% or higher and complete a course evaluation. With the exception of AOTA-approved CEUs, this course is not approved or affiliated with any governing bodies that award continuing education credits, so continuing education credits are not guaranteed.
  • ADA/Section 504:If you require special accommodations, please contact us at [email protected]
  • Kelly Mahleris an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


Contact us at [email protected].

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AOTA Course, On-Demand

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