Online - 29 April or 26 August 2022

9.00am - 3.30pm

If you are waiting on funding approval - we strongly recommend you contact us to pencil book a place as these workshops do sell out.

Can't make the date? Contact us as we are working on more dates being available. 

An Introduction to Sensory Processing, and How to Support Individuals Effectively.

Sensory processing difficulties are very real, though often hidden or confusing. As a teacher, teacher aide, RTLB, OT or counsellor, if you feel like typical strategies are not enough, or feel there is a bit more to the concerns you are seeing at school, this day will help you to explore those concerns further and respond to sensory needs in an appropriate and meaningful way.

Many behaviours of concern have a foundation in emotional regulation difficulties, which require effective strategies to manage this, starting in the registration and regulation of the sensory system.

  • Emotional regulation and sensory meltdowns - when the body becomes so overwhelmed by sensory and social-emotional input it responds with an autonomic fight, flight or freeze response.
  • Anger that seems to go from 0-10 in a second!
  • Sensory sensitivities such as sensitivity to noise or sensitivity to the touch of others which can be amplified by modern learning environments, typical everyday activities such as birthday parties, family trips out, swimming or sports days.
  • ADHD or Sensory? Hyper-activity can be a sensory seeking behaviour, or attentional difficulty- learn classroom-friendly and family-friendly strategies to manage both.
  • Less sensory-rich childhood experiences such as climbing trees and exploring risky play, are resulting in more accidents in schools or fear of everyday play equipment, and less resilience to everyday playground challenges.

This practical online training is delivered by Elen Nathan, Paediatric Occupational Therapist and Sensory Integration Practitioner from The Playful Place, who has specialised in neurodiversity, autism, sensory processing disorders, dyspraxia, and communication-of-need behaviours.

Elen has practical knowledge of the classroom environment as well as being a Mum to 2 wonderful boys with 2 very different sensory systems, bringing an understanding of the everyday life of a busy working family with school aged children. Strategies are classroom and family friendly, with evidence-based theory that aligns to the New Zealand context being explored across the day.

Learning Outcomes:

This Training will cover:

  • An in-depth exploration of the 8 sensory systems, plus an introduction to Neuroception - the bodies sense of safety or danger.
  • Sensory Seeking & Sensory Avoiding - the patterns to look for and what they mean.
  • What can trigger sensory meltdowns at school, home and the community & how to help effectively.
  • The impact sensory systems have on learning, relationships and self-esteem.
  • How to answer the question - Is it Sensory or is it Behaviour?
  • How to create low cost, effective regulating sensory spaces.
  • How to effectively plan proactively, and how to respond reactively when needed

What others have said about Elen's presentations

"Elen's down to earth training style made the day fun and practical, the course content was easy to understand, relatable with not too much jargon weighing it down"

"This workshop has renewed my passion that I think I lost in the stress of not understanding the condition, or knowing how to respond appropriately"

"I really enjoyed every moment of it, I was totally captivated and feel inspired for Monday!!"

"Thank you for sharing so much of yourself, the day had so much meaning to it"

The following peak bodies and organisations recognise that the training we offer is of a high quality, evidence based and relevant for their members CPD.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is suitable for Teachers, Teacher Aides, RTLB's, Speech and Language Therapists,  SENCOs, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Counsellors.

About the Presenter:

Elen Nathan

Elen Nathan is a NZ registered Occupational Therapist in Napier and is currently studying post-grad in Ayres Sensory Integration. With 20 years experience in NZ and abroad working with children and adults who have diverse needs, she has specialised in Autism Spectrum Disorder which has led her to work in peak body organisations including Autism New Zealand, The National Autistic Society (UK) and Autism Victoria (AUS).

Elen is passionate about working with neuro-diverse children to build their self-esteem and self- worth through understanding themselves better, the intrinsic strengths they have, and the gifts they have to offer the world.  

As the Mum of 2 busy young boys, they have taught her that often children come with their own plan and need an understanding team in their corner coaching them through life's challenges. 

Zoom Meeting Date & Time

Friday, 29 April or Friday, 26 August - 9.00am - 3.30pm

You will be sent the details to access ZOOM after you have registered. 

This is an interactive workshop with breakout room activities and we therefore ask all participants to have their own computer / laptop as this makes the breakout room activities and discussions easier and enhances the learning for all.

We also encourage participants to email their questions to us prior to the workshop, or via the chat at the meeting - email

Please note this webinar will not be recorded.

Price & Registration

One Day Workshop
$290.00 inc GST

The price stated is per person.
If you are sending 5 or more delegates, please email us for a discounted rate.

Registration process

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

Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent. Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 027 607 3000 or email:

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  1. The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
  2. The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
  3. Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email this information to Brian - and , and along with the Invoice we will also send you a special booking link which will come up as free of charge. Through this link you will need to complete your registration. 

Our workshops fill quickly so if you would like to reserve a place, please contact

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 (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.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

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