How does occupational therapy self-regulation treatment work?
Self-regulation intervention begins with a complimentary consultation. This consultation allows Jeanne to develop a basic understanding of the areas of challenge and gives each client a basic understanding of the approach to determine if this intervention is a "good fit." This consultation can be in person or on the phone. The next step is an interview and assessment to determine treatment priorities and outline a plan of implementation.
Although the self-regulation intervention has a treatment protocol, it can be tailored to the needs of each client and each family.
Location of treatment
Services may be provided in a variety of locations: school, home, in the clinic or in the community depending on the goal(s) being addressed.
Typically, weekly sessions are recommended initially to create a solid foundational base with the cognitive aspects of the intervention and establish a baseline of successful incorporation of the behavioral components into daily life. The time commitment for this varies from several weeks to a several months. Once this base is established, sessions typically shift to every other week as the client assumes more responsibility for sustaining management of their self-regulation.
Creating sustainable skills
In general, it requires approximately one year to usher a client through the process of learning the self-regulation intervention, and apply the process to an identified priority behavior. Many clients chose to continue to receive self-regulation “tune-up” sessions every 4 to 16 weeks for an additional one to two years to enhance mastery with applying self-regulation to new and different challenges.
For my son to be able to color code his moods and to identify what emotion he's feeling, has really helped. He has been able to come up with strategies that help him relax in situations that vary from school to home. I've seen a big improvement.
I can't express adequately what a wonderful teacher, advisor, and friend Jeanne has been to our family. I find comfort in the fact that you have helped equip them with skills that will help them throughout their lives.
I used to be bouncing off the ceiling, hitting my head on the floor, and bouncing back up to the ceiling. It hurt! Self-regulation helped me with that, now I'm calm and I'm staying in my place, sitting down, like a normal civilized human, not like a monkey. My favorite part of the self-regulation work is being with my occupational therapist, because of our relationship, and because of the adventures we have had learning self-regulation. For people who are needing self-regulation, this program is a good place to start.
Naftali, age 10
I used to be crazy, I couldn't concentrate, and I got bad grades. Life was just hard and frustrating. Because of OT I've learned how to do a lot of things that have helped me in school, at home and other places. Learning self-regulation is a really good choice if you can't concentrate. The most helpful thing for me was having a good OT teacher, because keeping it fun made it easy to learn.
Yeshara, age 9
The self-regulation intervention used by Jeanne made a phenomenal difference in my 1st grade classroom. The positive shifts in the one student receiving occupational therapy for self-regulation fostered the behavior of allowing space between a stimulus and a response/ action. This tendency generalized to other students. The impact affected the entire community, and was most evident in the interactions between students.
Chris, 1st grade teacher