Event Details

This in person course teaches about a regulation tool to help children and adults understand and support each person's unique neurological profile and it's effect on our emotions and behavior.


Friday November 10th, 2023
3:00- 6:00 pm.


Presented at
Powell community center
conference room "c"
6200 martway st.
mission, ks 66202


free admission 11/10/23 only
registration will be capped at 45 attendees.

for future courses, Registration cost is $115 for individuals or $100 if registering a group of 5 or more.


Course Overview

This is an introductory course that identifies the 5 key components to regulation, and gives a brief overview of the foundational knowledge that a participant needs to understand in order to apply this model in their practice. Within the 3 hours provided, the speaker will present the model and educate participants on how to apply the model. The information in the course is “a tip of the iceberg” to understand the Joyful Cup model, and participants are provided with resources to further pursue their expertise with understanding each key component.


Course Objectives

State the 5 key components to regulation

Define the behavioral responses observed when a child is functioning in the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system according to Dr. Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory.

Apply the Joyful Cup analogy by connecting a child's "cup size and capacity" with what is occurring within his or her brain and nervous system.

Identify strategies for providing a "just right therapeutic challenge" to a child based on attunement to his or her "cup size and capacity".

List 2 reasons why logical thinking strategies will not work for children experiencing a meltdown based on the Polyvagal Theory.


  • Therapists (Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Physical Therapists, etc)
  • Early Intervention Specialists
  • Mental Health Professionals (Psychologists, Social Workers, Play Therapists, etc) 
  • Educators
  • Physicians
  • Parents seeking advanced training to support behaviors

*OTs attending who would like to receive a Certificate of attendance and their full continuing education credits are expected to attend the entire length of the course and complete a quiz and survey at the end of the course. 

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breakdown of presentation schedule


  • 2:45-3:00 Registration & Sign-In
  • 3:00-3:15 Introduction
  • 3:15-3:30 Foundation of Model & Key Influential Sources
  • 3:30-3:45 Overview of Key Components
  • 3:45-4:20 Introduction of Polyvagal Theory, Neuroscience, & Neuroception and their relation to the cup analogy
  • 4:20-4:30 BREAK
  • 4:30-4:40 Key Component 1: Basic Needs
  • 4:40-5:00 Key Component 2: Sensory Input
  • 5:00-5:15 Key Component 3: Relationships
  • 5:15-5:25 Key Component 4: Routines
  • 5:25-5:40 Key Component 5: Individual Differences
  • 5:40-5:55 Strategies for Application
  • 5:55-6:00 Question & Answer


About the Speaker

Kelly Reardon is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist who has specialized in sensory processing challenges for over 10 years. Kelly’s passions lie in understanding the “why” behind behavior, and using an empathetic and relationship-based approach to therapy. She pulls from her personal experiences as a mother of 3 young children and her professional experiences of building and leading a private pediatric therapy practice in her delivery of the Joyful Cup model. Kelly’s thirst for knowledge and desire to simplify profound concepts across different disciplines is the inspiration behind the Joyful Cup model. She wants to help others find “joie de vivre” in everyday life and believes that sharing these essential key components to regulation will help improve the mental health of families. She is passionate about helping highly sensitive and deeply feeling kids, and the Joyful Cup model was created for these brilliant minds.

SPEAKER DISCLOSURES: Kelly Reardon, MOTR/L is a Pediatric and Adolescent Occupational Therapist. She is the Founder and Owner of Playabilities Pediatric Therapy Clinic. 



Playabilities is an AOTA Course Approved Provider of Continuing Education. AOTA continuing education credit awarded: .3 AOTA CEUs or 3 Contact Hours under the categories of Foundational Knowledge and OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Participants are expected to attend the Joyful Cup Course for the entire length of the course and complete a course evaluation form and competency quiz in order to receive their certificate and full continuing education credits.

Other Associations

Please contact your association to inquire as to whether this course will meet the requirements for continuing education credits. Upon request, we are happy to provide any additional information for submission to your association.

The Joyful Cup Registration

Do you agree to the Cancellation Policy?(Required)
With our registration being capped at 45 participants, we are holding a unique attendance slot for each person who registers. Registration will close after all 45 slots are reserved. For future presentations, registration of $115 will be NON-REFUNDABLE, but transferrable to another party. If you register and are later unable to attend, we request that you notify us ASAP by emailing therapy@playabilities.org so that we are able to open your reserved attendance slot to someone on our waiting list!
Do You Agree to the Attendance Policy for AOTA CEUs?
In order to receive a certificate of attendance and AOTA CEUs (.3 CEUs), you must attend the entire presentation as assessed by a sign in/sign out form and complete a quiz and survey at the end of the presentation.
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