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Oppositional, Explosive and Disruptive Behaviors in the Classroom: Effective Strategies for Intervening Before, During and After a Meltdown

Kathy Morris
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Feb 26, 2020
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Do you work with students 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 expert Kathy Morris, M.Ed., B.S., and learn proven strategies and techniques to help students with ADHD, ODD, autism, executive functioning, learning disabilities, anxiety, and depression de-escalate before a full blown meltdown ensues, developing 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 intervention strategies 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


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M.Ed., B.S., Director/Owner


Kathy Morris, M.Ed., B.S., has over 42 years of experience working with children and adolescents with severe behavioral difficulties, autism, ADHD, executive dysfunction, and cerebral palsy. She has been a speech therapist, teacher for self-contained programs, resource teacher, and first grade teacher. Kathy's business, igivuWings, has reached families, educators, counselors, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and medical professionals throughout the world.

Kathy was a diagnostician/supervisor for all grade levels and a LIFE Skills/autism/behavior/assistive technology consultant at a Texas education service center before leaving to start her own business. A prolific speaker, Kathy has keynoted many national/international conferences. She provides technical assistance in classrooms across the US, Canada, and several international countries. Kathy is a frequent guest on a local news program promoting research-based techniques for working with children and adolescents with executive functioning deficits, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Kathy was honored as Outstanding Educator for Children with Disabilities (1997) and a delegate for the President's Commission on Special Education (2002).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial:  Kathy Morris maintains a private practice.  She has authored an audio product and a DVD product which are published by the Bureau of Education & Research. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-financial: Kathy Morris is the mother of adult children with autism spectrum disorders.

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  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 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
Identify Triggers that Drive Challenging Behaviors Related to:
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Executive functioning deficits
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Depression
Sensory Strategies
  • Easy-to-use sensory tools and apps to calm
  • Overstimulation and sensory breakdowns
  • 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 playing to demonstrate appropriate interactions
  • First person stories for positive behavior changes and affirmations
Explosive Behavior Strategies
  • Recognize the warning signs of a meltdown 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
  • Demonstration video of child having a meltdown
  • Appropriate and meaningful replacement behaviors for physical aggression
  • Instructional consequences for a meltdown

Target Audience

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


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