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)

  • Neuroanatomy of the brain
  • Mirror neurons
  • Sensory issues vs. behavior issues
  • Address communication breakdowns before they become social skills deficits
  • Structure, predictability and routines to support self-regulation
  • Research-based interventions


Surprise Cards

  • Engagement learning: Clock partners
  • Eloise: Meltdown video

Social Scripts

  • Caleb
  • Aaron
  • Video Monitoring: Case example

Power Cards

  • Levels of talking: Video examples
  • Sheldon: High interest area
  • Power card example
  • Creating power cards collaboratively
  • Power cards for different age and developmental levels

Calming Strategies

  • Emotional control
  • Anxiety management video
  • Emotions charts
  • Relaxation schedules
  • Calm down cards
  • Breathe cards: Video

Self-Regulation Techniques

  • Social stories formats: Video examples
  • Me-Moves: Experiential practice
  • T-Charts

Inhibitory Control

  • Turtle technique
  • Impulse control
  • Positive behaviors flip books
  • 1st then cards
  • Now and next cards
  • Key chain rules: Video Example

Target Audience

  • GEN & SPED Teachers
  • School-Based Personnel & Paraprofessionals
  • Curriculum Directors
  • School Administrators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses

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:

  • Breathe card and emotions chart to develop self-control and self-management skills
  • Surprise cards, change of schedule cues and transition markers to alleviate anxiety
  • Video modeling and role playing to improve social/emotional communication
  • First person stories and visual cues to promote positive behavior
  • Visual cues, music and software designed to increase attention and focus
  • Social stories, social scripts and emotions charts to develop self-regulation
  • SOCCSS, keychain rules and t-charts to target challenging behaviors

Program Information


  1. Discriminate functions of behavior during a tantrum vs. meltdown.
  2. Analyze 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.


Functions of a Meltdown

  • Tantrum vs. meltdown
  • Stages of a meltdown
  • Sensory issues vs. behavior issues
  • Meltdown intervention video
Sensory Strategies
  • Easy-to-use sensory tools and apps to calm
  • Overstimulation and sensory breakdowns
  • Therapy session and classroom structure for optimal learning
Executive Functioning Strategies
  • Visual cues, music and software designed to increase attention and focus
  • High interest areas to strengthen motivation and engagement
  • Visual reminders for routines and predictability
  • Visual structures to promote organization
Self-Regulation Strategies
  • Video modeling, t-charts, social stories, social scripts, emotions charts to develop self-control
  • Tools that promote self-monitoring of behavior
  • Power cards and visual checklists as powerful incentives to change behavior
Social/Emotional Communication Strategies
  • Social scripts and social stories to develop social interaction
  • Video modeling and role planning to demonstrate appropriate interactions
  • First person stories for positive behavior changes and affirmations
Explosive Behavior Strategies
  • Recognize the warning signs of a meltdown in order to prevent it
  • Surprise cards, change of schedule cues and transition markers to alleviate anxiety
  • Visual cues to depict expected behavior
  • Converting the verbal to a visual
Techniques for After the Meltdown
  • Strategies for instructional consequences
  • Chart appropriate/inappropriate behaviors
  • Activities for reviewing behaviors when calm
  • Cartooning to facilitate feedback
  • Strategies for providing systematic feedback
  • Reinforcement for communication strategies
  • Identify feelings and review behavior
Hands-on Activities
  • Demonstrate video of a child having meltdown
  • Appropriate and meaningful replacement behaviors for physical aggression
  • Instructional consequences for a meltdown

Target Audience

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Special & General Educators
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • School Administrators
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • School Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Other Helping Professionals that Work with Children

Copyright : 11/11/2019