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Join Lisa Dion on May 11th at PESI’s 2nd Annual Play Therapy Summit where she will be presenting Interoceptive Awareness in the Playroom: Setting the Stage for Successful Co-regulation.

This experiential workshop offers various opportunities to explore how play can develop this fundamental part of the sensory system.

As play therapists, there is an understanding that regulation and co-regulation are essential skills that must be developed in order to have successful relationships, manage emotions and are essential for trauma integration; however, what many play therapists may not fully understand is that there is a prerequisite that needs to be in place for regulation skills to be effective. 

What has been understood for years in the world of Occupational Therapy is now becoming a primary focus of education for play therapists.  This important understanding is that the child’s interoceptive sense, the 8th sensory system that is responsible for letting the brain know how the body is doing, must be developed first before a child can successfully regulate and co-regulate.  

Without the development and strengthening of the interoceptive sense, a child may have all kinds of regulation knowledge and tools but will not be able to read their own body cues to know when to use any of them.  Examples such as knowing when to use the bathroom, when to take a deep breath, when to ask for help, the ability to read non-verbal cues, knowing when emotions are feeling overwhelming, etc all rely on interoception.  

This playful workshop is designed to help play therapists learn what the interoceptive sense is and how to use play to develop interoception in their child clients setting the stage for successful regulation and co-regulation.  Child therapists will have fun experientially exploring this fundamental part of the sensory system.

This is event is open to the public, please visit the affiliate website for additional information and secure your spot. If you have questions, or would like your organization to receive training in Synergetic Play Therapy, please contact the Institute at info@synergeticplaytherapy.com.