Delivered by Sanam Bagherian, Altogether Autism Specialist facilitator, (PhD)

Face-to-Face workshop, delivered in Auckland

Friday 10 November, 9.30am - 4pm

Effective sensory modulation is an effective intervention that is suitable in both clinical and community settings. It can help people feel calmer and less anxious and therefore reduces distress. This workshop introduces the theory of sensory modulation, and then expands into practical strategies that are useful in everyday life across a range of settings.

It will explain:

  • How sensory modulation impacts self-regulation
  • The ways trauma impacts the brain and sensory modulation
  • The importance of sensory screening and how to do it
  • The relation between sensory, emotions, and cognition
  • The impact of sympathetic nervous system and “Hand model of the brain”
  • How to use sensory tools to create sensory modulation

Workshop aims

Dr Bagherian draws directly from her experience and research and will cover

  1. How sensory modulation supports wellbeing
  2. Specific top-down strategies for sensory modulation with consideration of a person’s cognition, executive functioning and emotions
  3. Specific bottom-up strategies for sensory modulation including sensory screening and sensory diets. 

Who Should Attend

This workshop is ideal for clinical and allied staff, counsellors, social workers, key workers, and support workers who meet with service users in distress or tense environments.

Sensory Modulation is also a very effective skill set for teachers / educators where it is becoming common practice for schools to put a sensory corner into a room as a safe place for a child to calm down within.

This workshops is worth 20 points/6 hours CPD


"Learning about, and sharing, practical strategies that backed up the theory that we had learnt", May 2023

"Thank you for the lovely workshop, so helpful and supportive", May 2023.

"It is great to learn about sensory modulation including the sensory preference and avoidance. This sensory modulation is helpful for everyone including ourselves. There are so many stressors in our life and work, which leads to our ignorance to reconnect with nature and enjoy the presence. This sensory modulation skills help us to focus on the presence, self-regulate our emotions and feeding inside out (from and towards our body/minds). So that we can relief some stress and reenergize ourselves", March 2021.

"Useful adjunct to psychotherapy to have a different outcome from repeated patterns of overload", March 2021

"Practical, lots of information, good balance between the theory and implementation in everyday practice", March 2021

About the presenter:

Sanam Bagherian (Ph.D., registered clinical psychologist in Iran)

Sanam Bagherian is Autism Specialist Facilitator, has a strong interest in autism and has a Ph.D. in autism psychology which included delivering educational programmes to support parents with children on autism spectrum. Sanam has worked as a clinician and educator to support children on the spectrum and their families for several years, and more recently has worked with autistic adults. She is registered clinical psychologist in her home country of Iran and is working towards registration here in New Zealand. Sanam has published more than six studies and has presented at events such as the 5th World Congress on Positive Psychology (July, 2017).  Sanam is passionate about getting up to date in depth reliable autism information and sharing it with the autism community.

Date : 10 November


Parnell Hotel and Conference Centre
10 - 20 Gladstone Road
Parnell, 1052 Auckland 


Limited free carparking is available at the Hotel 

Price & Registration Information

Face-to-Face workshop
Standard: $450.00 per person including GST

Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

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If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort: or ph: 021 066 9811

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Please email  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly.

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.
If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred.
All cancellations must be received in writing via email.
Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.
Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

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