Sensorimotor Approach to Arousal Regulation and Developmental Trauma


This conference will explore the connections between trauma, sensory integrative difficulties, arousal, affect and self-regulation. Participants will learn how sound and movement are critical in the development of body based, perceptual-motor, and social-emotional foundations for feeling safe in the world and in relationship to another. We will explore the basics of auditory and vestibular/somatosensory processing, and their relationship to arousal, attachment, self-regulation and learning. Video and case presentations will bring key concepts and treatment strategies to life in this theoretically-based, yet practical course.
Conference participants will be able to:
•Identify the relationship between the inner ear, arousal, and affect regulation
•Recognize the importance of the auditory and vestibular systems in the development of orientation in time and space, necessary for feeling safe in one’s body and relating to others.
•Select three therapeutic activities that activate the vestibular and/or auditory systems to regulate arousal, build somatic resources, and relate.
•Recognize when patterns of defense are interfering with function and daily life.
•List three body-based strategies to decrease tension patterns and regulate arousal.

Location UIC Forum
Chicago, IL 60645
Date 10/11/2019 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Check in 8:30 AM)
Sponsor Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health
Trainer Sheila M. Frick, OTR/L and Tracy Bjorling, OTR/L
Contact Andy Fischer
Principles 3. Collaborative relationships
7. Quality services
Credit Hours 2.0 - Atypical Development
2.0 - Intervention
2.0 - Typical Development
Status Closed