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We’re about a month into the school year, and children are settling into routines. That adjustment to a new setting and way of learning takes practice, not only for the child but for the whole family. In our most recent interview on Mom Enough, Occupational Therapist Kate Biederman discusses the need for regulatory partners to help children observe, narrate, and provide body-based strategies to help them feel seen, safe, and able to soothe, even before they understand the language about it.

Click here to listen to the podcast, or continue reading below for more episode details from the Mom Enough website.

“Occupational therapist and health coach, Kate Biederman, from St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development joins Marti and Erin for part 2 of a 3-part series on the development of self-regulation in childhood. She discusses the many aspects of self-regulation, from activity regulation to emotional regulation. As Kate shares, adults play an important role in supporting development by being “regulatory partners.” Learn how you can join your child in the process of building self-regulation by partnering with them as they begin to develop the skills they need to be happy and healthy. Walk away with a clear understanding of the three big tasks of regulatory partners and tips for implementing these at different ages and stages. You won’t want to miss this in-depth discussion on self-regulation.”

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Kate Biederman, OTR/L, NBC-HWC, has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist for more than 30 years and is currently Program Director of Occupational Therapy at St. David’s Center. Kate has served in a variety of roles during her 25 years at St. David’s Center, including occupational therapist in the outpatient clinic, Autism Day Treatment Program, and the Multidisciplinary Assessment Team. She is passionate about supporting children and their families’ ability to learn, grow, participate fully in their daily activities, enjoy one another, and create lives filled with health and happiness.  In addition to her career in OT, Kate is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach and is mom to three children and grandma to four grandchildren!


To see part one of this three-part regulation series, click here.

Click here for more information on St. David’s Center’s Occupational Therapy service.
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