Full Course Description

Self-Regulation & Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents: Visual Strategies and Hands-on Techniques to Provide Structure, Predictability, and Routines

Program Information


  1. Articulate the metacognitive and self-regulation strands for executive functioning components and how a breakdown in one strand impacts the other strands of executive functioning.
  2. Implement visual strategies that support communication, social skills, and behavior skills and decrease dysregulation behaviors.
  3. Utilize case studies to illustrate and evaluate the concepts of inhibitory control, working memory, emotional control, and mental rigidity.
  4. Create treatment strategies to meet the needs of individual students demonstrating a lack of self-regulation skills to improve classroom behavior and performance.
  5. Discriminate between the functions of behaviors in order to determine whether a behavior is a tantrum or an executive function meltdown.
  6. Identify effective interventions and calming strategies when working with students who are overstimulated and experiencing sensory breakdowns.
  7. Implement a “system” of interventions rather than a person dependent intervention to increase the odds of interventions being effective and accessible in multiple settings.


Self-Regulation and Executive Functioning (EF)


Surprise Cards

Social Scripts

Power Cards

Calming Strategies

Self-Regulation Techniques

Inhibitory Control

Copyright : 05/15/2019

The Cycle of a Meltdown and Introduction to Strategies

Do you work with children and adolescents with autism who exhibit explosive behaviors that interfere with their ability to effectively and efficiently navigate their environment?

They appear willful, obnoxious, over reactive, and unfeeling. They lose control of their ability to cope or regulate their behavior, which can send them spiraling into a gut wrenching meltdown.

Watch autism expert Kathy Morris, M.Ed., B.S., and learn proven strategies and techniques to help children and adolescents with autism de-escalate before a full blown meltdown ensues, develop self-control and self-management skills to prevent future meltdowns and learn appropriate/replacement behaviors. Dozens of strategies will be taught through dynamic video case examples and demonstrations.

“Teach them in the way they learn” will be a mantra throughout the recording.

Walk away with these interventions and more:

Program Information


  1. Discriminate functions of behavior during a tantrum vs. meltdown.
  2. Illustrate the connections and breakdowns between communication, social skills and behaviors.
  3. Employ a breathe card and emotions chart to develop self-control and self-management skills.
  4. Design optimal therapy/classroom structure to prevent overstimulation and sensory breakdowns.
  5. Employ SOCCSS, keychain rules and t-charts to prevent, intervene or consequate targeted behaviors.
  6. Utilize surprise cards, change of schedule cues and transition markers to alleviate anxiety.
  7. Implement a “system” rather than a person dependent intervention.


Functions of a Meltdown

Sensory Strategies Executive Functioning Strategies Self-Regulation Strategies Social/Emotional Communication Strategies Explosive Behavior Strategies Techniques for After the Meltdown Hands-on Activities

Copyright : 11/11/2019