Episode 58: Tracey DeMaria

Moving Towards Movement

hosted by: Jessica Pfeiffer & Steve Graner

In today’s episode we have a great conversation with Tracey DeMaria. Tracey helps define sensory integration and regulation, words that are being used more mainstream in education these days. She talks about the need for our system to become more developmentally respectful in regards to the self-regulation expectations we set on students, and reminds us we all need co-regulation. Tracey highlights that classrooms need to keep moving more towards movement and rhythm in order to promote learning in our schools. 

Tracey DeMaria, OTD, OTR is an accomplished occupational therapist with a strong dedication to promoting regulation skills. She obtained a clinical Doctorate in occupational therapy from Misericordia University. With over a decade of experience in the field, Tracey currently serves as an occupational therapist in the Phillipsburg School District and is an adjunct professor in the Occupational Therapy master’s program at Moravian University. Tracey is also an accomplished author, with her upcoming book, How to Surf the Waves: A Sensory, Emotional, and Behavioral Regulation Skills Curriculum, set to be released this Fall. A passionate advocate for disability rights and mental health, Tracey remains committed to helping individuals of all ages learn the power of regulation.