3 R’s of Learning – Registration, Regulation, & Relationship: Polyvagal Theory & School-based Practice -Staten Island, NY


Kelly Beins, OTR/L

Tuesday – May 7, 2024 – Staten Island, NY

Cost: $300.00 / Early: $275.00

All participants are asked to arrive with an existing case they can use throughout the course. The goal of this workshop is to help therapists use polyvagal theory to refine their clinical reasoning and clinical skills for use with children who have sensory processing challenges.

This live intermediate level workshop in collaboration with Therapeutic Services, is designed for the experienced school-based clinician that is new to Polyvagal Theory, and provides the knowledge and skills to apply polyvagal theory in school settings. Through content, case study, and small group discussions, participants will explore and practice applying polyvagal theory to the IEP process for existing clients. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to and inform this emerging evidence-informed framework and walk away inspired and equipped with innovative tools they can apply immediately in their direct service, consultation or coaching work with clients to improve outcomes. Special topics to be covered include:

The nervous system, regulation and “adaptive behavior”

Polyvagal Perspectives on learning readiness

Trauma-sensitive considerations for school-based intervention

Window of tolerance as a new lens for supporting classroom performance

Using co-occupation and autonomic tracking at school

Thinking beyond sensory diets to build sensory supportive classrooms

Safe and Sound at School

This course applies to the following populations: Early Intervention (Birth – 3 years old), Preschool (3 – 5 years old), Elementary School, High School, and Adolescent

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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course will be able to:

  • Describe the nervous system and how it affects learning and behavior
  • Explain how trauma can affect the nervous system and developmental capacities used for classroom occupations
  • Apply autonomic tracking and co-regulation to support optimal engagement for learning
  • Articulate a multi-pronged approach to supporting regulation for students with complex social-emotional needs

Target Audience

School-based Physical & Occupational Therapists & Assistants, Teachers or Teaching Aids, or School Counselors/Therapists

Course Level 



Kelly Beins, OTR/L

Kelly Beins is an accomplished and seasoned occupational therapist with 30 years of clinical experience. Kelly approaches her work with an intuitive, empathic, and playful style and her passion and success is in making life easier for people living with sensory integrative processing challenges. With Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Occupational Therapy from McMaster University, in Ontario Canada, Kelly’s dedication to her field has led her to pursue advanced certifications in sensory integration (USC, 2005), pediatric feeding difficulties (SOS, 2012), and listening therapies. Kelly now serves as the clinical solutions manger at Unyte Health, supporting organizations and teams of therapists to integrate applications of Polyvagal Theory. Over the lifetime of her career, Kelly has worked across the continuum of care in various clinical, administrative and consultative roles. She started and grew her own private practice and now has two published children’s books, has co-authored professional guidelines and training curriculum, was awarded “Autism Parenting Magazine” Top OT two consecutive years, and is a sought after international mentor and speaker. 

Kelly receives a speaking fee for the presentation. Kelly has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


8:30 am – 3:00 pm EST 

8:30 – 8:45 am – Introductions & Connection

8:45 – 10:15 – am The Nervous System, Regulation & “Adaptive Behavior”
Polyvagal Theory & Foundations of Neuroscience – Key Principles
Registration – neuroception
Regulation – autonomic states
Relationship – social engagement system (co-regulation & connection)
Alignment with Occupational Science & School-based Practice
Regulation & “Adaptive Behavior” using a Trauma-sensitive Lens

10:15 – 10:30 am – Break

10:30 – 11:15  am – Autonomic Mapping & Tracking to support Readiness for Learning

11:15 – 12:00 pm – Re-thinking Assessment at School
Environment, Effortful control, Affordances
Sensory Questionnaires & Performance Based Assessment
Using an Integrative Approach to Assessment

12:00 – 12:45 pm – Lunch

12:45 – 1:15 pm – Re-thinking Intervention in the classroom- Context, Choice & Connection
Co-regulation & co-occupation: The role of Relationship
Optimizing the window of tolerance & the “just-right-fit” at school

1:15 – 1:45 pm – Breakout Activity – apply the course content to one of your real cases then join a
breakout room to discuss the hurdles & learnings

1:45 – 2:15 pm – Sensory Supportive Classrooms
Anchor Senses
Beyond Sensory Diets

2:15 – 2:45 pm – Applications of Polyvagal Theory within the School Environment : Next Steps

2:45 – 3:00 pm – Wrap-up & Closing Comments/Q&A

3:00 pm – Close


Educational Credits

5.5 contact hours]

Approved for 5.5 contact hours by NYSED’s State Board for PT.

Application has been made to NJBPTE for CE credit approval.

TSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of Professional Development. PD activity approval ID# Pending. This Live PD is offered at .55 CEU’s, Intermediate level, Domain of OT: OT Service Delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


Early Discount

*Early registration must be received 21 days prior to seminar VALID UNTIL April 16, 2024

Early $275.00* | Regular $300.00 USD

Group Discount

Early – $260.26 | Regular – $283.92 (use code group3)

In order to qualify for the group discounted rate, registrations MUST all be received within 24 hours (of the first registration) if registering on-line, and in the same envelope if registering by mail.  PLEASE NOTE: Registrations received after a group has been processed will not be eligible for the discount.

To ensure that all group members receive the appropriate discount, choose a group name and be sure that each person registering adds the name in the “Additional Information” section at checkout.


Tuesday – May 7, 2024
Staten Island Hilton

1100 South Ave
Staten Island, NY  10314