Sensory and Behavorial Approaches to Emotional Regulation

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  •  April 1, 2015
     10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This hands-on class will provide concrete demonstration and practice of various strategies to reduce problematic behaviors and promote enhanced function through sensory diets, environmental approaches, and behavioral/cognitive behavioral strategies.

  • The instructor will work with participants on creating structured schedules that utilize activities to target the various sensory, cognitive, psychological and emotional needs of our consumers.
  • She will discuss the need to be aware of how an individual’s surroundings affect their behaviors and give ideas on how to adjust their environment to make it more conducive to positive behaviors.
  • The instructor will demonstrate various strategies and allow time for the participants to practice them.
  • The instructor will also help participants to come up with strategies that will help their consumers with their own emotional regulation



Kristine Haertl, Ph.D., OTR/L is a full time professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the College of St. Catherine.  She has over 20 years experience working with persons affected by serious mental illness, developmental disabilities, and dementia. Prior to 1997 she formally worked at the state psychiatric hospital in Anoka, Minnesota.  Kristi has presented nationally and internationally and has authored several articles and textbook chapters related to meeting residential, mental health, and sensori-motor needs of clients. In 2005 Kristi received the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association’s Research Award for “Excellence in Clinical Work, Teaching and Research in Mental Health.” Areas of expertise and research include mental health housing and treatment, sensory integration intervention, and strategies to maximize function in persons with developmental disabilities.


9400 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, Minnesota, 55427, United States

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