Supporting Children’s Emotional Self-Regulation Through Sociodramatic Play

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ASHA CEUs   This session is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Arena)

Format: Recorded video
Access: 30 days unlimited


Course Overview

As a professional working with preschool children (ages 3+), you recognize that to have a positive experience at school, children need school readiness skills that go beyond academics. One of these skills includes self-regulation, especially emotional self-regulation.

Children who are well-regulated can pay attention to and learn from their environment – both academically and socially, which in turn prepares them for greater success at school. Our e-Seminar, Supporting Children’s Emotional Self-Regulation Through Sociodramatic Play, introduces the importance of emotional self-regulation, the reciprocal relationship between it and language learning, as well as the power of building emotional self-regulation through sociodramatic play. This kind of pretend play is when children take on a role of another character and practice acting and feeling like that character. More practice with emotional self-regulation within play is associated with better emotional self-regulation in real-life situations.

For professionals and educators working in preschool or kindergarten environments, this e-Seminar will be beneficial when you are promoting emotional self-regulation in: 

  • children who want to interact
  • those who can engage with their peers and caregivers
  • children who are already responsive within interactions

If the children you are working with are not showing motivation to interact with others yet, the strategies in Pathways to Promoting Self-regulation in Young Children -- An Introduction e-Seminar could provide the framework you are looking for.

Learning Highlights

This concise, two-hour e-Seminar introduces the importance of emotional self-regulation, how to develop it using sociodramatic play and its impact on school readiness. Through this e-Seminar, participants:

  • Learn about sociodramatic play, and how it can be used to develop emotional self-regulation.
  • Access e-Seminar strategy handouts as well as specific strategies that have been created for special populations, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, those with language delays and English language learners.
  • Receive concrete examples and practical exercises to implement strategies that develop emotional self-regulation. These strategies have been designed for professionals to use themselves as well as to share with parents to use at home with their children.
  • Use planning sheets (action plans) designed for professionals and parents to create plans for how they intend to implement the strategies with specific children.
  • Personalize the e-Seminar learnings through reflection questions that they can think about individually or discuss with their colleagues.

Learning Objectives

After completing this e-Seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Define emotional self-regulation
  • Identify how language impacts emotional self-regulation and how emotional self-regulation impacts language
  • Explain how sociodramatic pretend play promotes emotional self-regulation in preschoolers
  • Describe how to provide opportunities for emotional-self regulation by fostering sociodramatic play for typically developing children, as well as for children with delays
  • List strategies that serve to extend episodes of sociodramatic play in order to increase children’s opportunities for emotional self-regulation

Professional Development Hours

  • This session is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Arena)
  • 2 professional development hours

Presenter Info

Financial: Helen Livshits, M.H.Sc., Reg. CASLPO, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Early Childhood Education Services at The Hanen Centre. Helen is the presenter of this e-Seminar and participated in its development. She offers Hanen Programs to parents and educators and contributes to the development of certain programs and resources at The Hanen Centre. The Hanen Centre holds the copyright to all the materials produced at the centre and Helen receives no financial benefit from the sale of these materials. Non Financial: No other relevant non-financial relationships exist.


  • Open to educators and speech-language pathologists working with young children (3+ years)

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