Autism Spectrum Worksheet – Regulation

Video & audio overview of the template

What is the theory behind the worksheet?

Sensory regulation is a concept that focuses on the physical senses of the body to provide a feeling of calm (Neff, 2023). Very often sensory input can be heightened in an individual with autism and this can lead to them feeling overwhelmed and even trigger a sensory meltdown. 

When working with sensory regulation it is important to remember to work with the individual’s preferences, therefore , you may find one technique works better for you than another.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will be helpful to anyone who has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Using these regulatory techniques will help you to calm your body and anchor yourself in the present moment, all of which will help you feel more in control of the situation.

These techniques can be used when you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or feel as though you are not in control. 

How to use the worksheet.

It will be helpful to practice these techniques and find the one or two that work best for you. Try to practice them each day. This will help you remember them when you need them.

Often when we are in a state of being overwhelmed we will battle to think, however, if you have practiced these techniques they will be easier for you to remember.

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Picardi, E., Gilga, T. (2022). Understanding Sensory Regulation in Typical and Atypical Development: The Case of Sensory Seeking. Developmental Review, (65).