- Techniques to develop self-control and self-management skills
- Essential skills to defuse explosive behaviors and de-escalate meltdowns
- Powerful incentives to change inappropriate behaviors
- Activities for reviewing behaviors when calm
- Case examples with dozens of strategies you can use immediately
Do you work with children and adolescents with autism who exhibit 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 meltdown. And, you feel frustrated, powerless and helpless after each meltdown.
Drawing on over 40 years of professional and personal experience, Kathy will lead you through dynamic discussion, video case examples and demonstrations providing dozens of strategies you can implement immediately with these children/adolescents—in any setting. Walk away with an array of practical strategies for:
- Preventing and de-escalating meltdowns
- Teaching and promoting appropriate behaviors
- Providing instructional consequences/replacement behaviors
- Developing self-control and self-management skills
- … and more!
“Teach them in the way they learn” will be a mantra throughout the seminar.
Kathy Morris, MEd, BS, has had over 42 years of experience working with children and adolescents with severe behavioral difficulties including those with autism, ADHD and executive dysfunction. Her consulting firm, igivuWings, specializes in autism and behavioral issues. Kathy works directly with families, educators, counselors, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and medical professionals throughout the world.
She has been a speech therapist, teacher for self-contained programs, resource teacher and first grade teacher. Kathy was also a diagnostician/supervisor for all grade levels. She was a LIFE Skills/autism/behavior/assistive technology consultant at a Texas education service center before leaving to start her own business in 1999.
A prolific speaker, Kathy has keynoted many national/international conferences. She is a frequent guest on a local news program promoting research-based techniques for working with children and adolescents with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and executive functioning differences.
Her video, Facilitating the Classroom Learning of Students with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism, Grades K-6, has been a popular addition for campus and district staff developments as well as for those in clinical practices. In addition, she has an audio CD, Practical Strategies for Working with Students with Social Cognitive Differences in the General Education Classroom.
Financial: Kathy Morris maintains a private practice. She has authored an audio product, books and a DVD product which are published by the Bureau of Education & Research. Kathy Morris is an consultant for Assistive Technology, Inc. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations has been mitigated.
Non-financial: Kathy Morris is the mother of adult children with autism spectrum disorders.
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- Discriminate functions of behavior during a tantrum vs. meltdown.
- Demonstrate the connections and breakdowns between communication, social skills and behaviors.
- Employ a breathe card and emotions chart to develop self-control and selfmanagement skills.
- Design optimal therapy/classroom structure to prevent overstimulation and sensory breakdowns.
- Employ SOCCSS, keychain rules and t-charts to prevent, intervene or consequate targeted behaviors.
- Utilize surprise cards, change of schedule cues and transition markers to alleviate anxiety.
- Implement a “system” rather than a person dependent intervention.
Functions of a Meltdown
- Tantrum vs. meltdown
- Stages of a meltdown
- Sensory issues vs. behavior issues
- Meltdown video
Strategies for the Meltdown Cycle: Intervention, Prevention and Post-vention
- Sensory Issues
- Optimal learning environments
- Easy-to-use sensory tools
- Overstimulation and sensory breakdowns
- Incorporate a sensory lifestyle throughout the day
- Executive Function
- Increase attention and focus
- Strengthen motivation and engagement
- On-task and task completion skills
- Visual reminders for routines and predictability
- Visual structure for organization
- Develop self-control and self-monitoring skills
- Tools for self-feedback
- Use high focus and interest areas as powerful incentives to change behavior
- Social/Emotional Communication
- Communication for positive social interaction
- Appropriate interactions with their peers
- First-person stories for positive behavior changes and affirmations
- Explosive Behaviors
- Recognize the triggers
- Alleviate anxiety
- Modeling appropriate behavior
- Defuse explosive behaviors
- Decrease maladaptive behaviors
- Increase appropriate behaviors
- Special Considerations
- Collaboration with parents/caregivers
- Strategies for helping the parent/caregiver with grief
Techniques for After the Meltdown
- Strategies for instructional consequences
- Chart appropriate/inappropriate behaviors
- Activities for reviewing behaviors when calm
- Use cartooning to facilitate feedback
- Strategies for providing systematic feedback
- Reinforcement for communication strategies
- Identify feelings and review behavior
Hands-on and Small Group Activities
- Demonstration video
- Small group exercises: Brainstorm appropriate and meaningful replacement behaviors
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, Marriage and Family Therapists, Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants Other Helping Professionals that Work with Children