Sensory Issues and Emotions: A Guide to Assisting Children and Adolescents with Self-Awareness and Strategy Development - Autism Awareness

Sensory Issues and Emotions: A Guide to Assisting Children and Adolescents with Self-Awareness and Strategy Development

Featuring Lauren H. Kerstein

With this presentation, participants will be given the opportunity to engage in a deeper exploration of sensory issues and the impact they have on our emotions, mental health system and self-regulation. The presentation will guide participants through developing a better understanding of sensory challenges and strategies that might effectively assist a child with increasing his/her ability to understand and manage sensory issues.

This presentation will also briefly examine the ways in which anxiety and depression present in children. Finally, this workshop will link sensory challenges to emotional challenges both by illustrating the ways in which these two systems are related, and by offering concrete tools to effectively address both the sensory and emotional difficulties children face.


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Learn the key components of sensory integration issues
  • Understand the concepts of emotional and sensory arousal levels
  • Discuss strategies that support individuals struggling with sensory issues and with emotional issues
  • Question and Answers
  • Closing Remarks


Lauren H. Kerstein, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children through adults with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression, and relationship skill difficulties. Lauren is the author of A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching: How to Make My Thinking More Flexible; My Sensory Book: Working Together to Explore Sensory Issues and the Big Feelings They Can Cause: A Workbook for Parents, Professionals, and Children; and a textbook about high-functioning autism. Lauren is the co-author of a chapter about sibling work in Autism: From Research to Individualized Practice.
Additionally, she has written articles for numerous blogs and publications. Lauren’s latest book, tentatively titled: Emotion Regulation: Helping Children and Adolescents Take Charge of Their Emotions will be available soon.

Lauren also writes fiction. She is the author of the Rosie the Dragon and Charlie picture book series (Illustrated by Nate Wragg/Two Lions). Her latest picture book, HOME FOR A WHILE (Illustrated by Natalia Moore/Magination Press) is about a child in foster care who wants to see his strengths and learn ways to manage his emotions. He wants to find a home for a while, but is afraid to open his heart. HOME FOR A WHILE moved into bookshelves on February 2, 2021. You can visit or for more information.


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