Help students with special needs manage emotions: Support Strengths, Celebrate Differences

22 September 2023

Training details


22 September 2023


9am - 12pm





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Workshop Program

Why is it many children struggle to organize and stay organized around emotions? They may be ‘passive’ or ‘highly strung and easily agitated’. They may have feeling words but not be connected to the feeling. They act out their feelings through ‘behaviours’ instead.

Different children process and internalize emotions (affect) differently. Some struggle to organize emotions, based on their individual sensory processing profiles. Hence, children can be distractible and easily disregulated. Both attention and emotional control become a struggle. When children perceive interactions as confusing or threatening, they will not be available for learning. They cannot problem solve and adapt. They become overwhelmed and resort to inappropriate behaviours.

Learn how to help your child understand and manage emotions, so they can stay focused, participate fully and problem solve appropriately.

In this 3-hour talk, we will:

  • Step outside ‘labels’ and understand individual processing differences. Understand that feelings come from bodily perceptions.
  • Respect your child’s individual differences and how they interpret and regulate ‘affect’/ emotions.
  • Learn to 'Talk' to kids about what they are feeling, without words
  • Help them manage/ organize emotions so they can problem solve and adapt, using visual tools and scaling
  • Match your affect to your child so you can support regulation, sustain engagement, and expand ideas.
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About the workshop

Who should attend

This seminar is meant for therapists, teachers, and parents of kids of all ages (including school-goes).


Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.


About the speaker

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Chithra Kathiresan, Speech-Language Therapist

  • DIR® Floortime™ Faculty and Trainer with Profectum, USA
  • Hanen® Certified (ITTT, MTW, Talkability)
  • Social Thinking® Speakers Collaborative, USA

Chithra has been working as a speech-language therapist for more than 26-years, in Singapore. Her broad experience includes working in hospitals, school, home and clinic, with a wide age-range, from infants to teens and young adults. Her diverse caseload includes nonverbal students with intellectual disability, to highly verbal, twice-exceptional gifted individuals. She appreciates development in all its colours! She works with caregivers from many different cultures and is highly sensitive to differences in parenting in Asia. Chithra has been learning and growing in DIR Floortime since 2003. She is DIR Floortime associate Faculty for the USA certification body Profectum. Chithra trains in their online certification programs and tutors’ professionals internationally. She has presented several DIR Floortime trainings in, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Hong Kong and Australia.