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Digital Seminar

Tantrums, Meltdowns & Showdowns: Emotional Regulation Strategies for Children & Adolescents with ADHD, ODD, ASD and Resistant Behaviors

Susan Epstein, LCSW, Parent Coach
1 Hour 27 Minutes
May 16, 2014
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Working with parents around children and adolescent behaviors can be challenging. Parents ask,    

  • “Why can’t s/he just listen?”
  • “Why is there always a power struggle?”
  • “What can’t my kid just behave? “
  • “I lose it all the time myself, I feel inadequate.”
  • “We’ve tried everything; nothing works for us.”

The problem is that parents and authority figures often respond to kids in the same mode.

  • “How many times have I told you?”
  • “If you don’t….You’ll be grounded!”
  • “That’s the last straw- I’ve had it. Go to your room!”

This type of communication will inflame most kids and especially kids that have ADHD, ODD, ASD and other resistant behaviors. Join Susan Epstein, LCSW, child behavior expert and author of the bestselling book, Over 60 Techniques, Activities & Worksheets for Challenging Children & Adolescents, and learn how to use mindfulness to reduce and even eliminate tantrums, meltdowns and showdowns. Discover creative strategies to help children transition from one activity to the next. You will leave this seminar with specific strategies to block negative behaviors and increase the positive behaviors without meltdowns or showdowns.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Susan Epstein, LCSW, Parent Coach Related seminars and products

Susan P. Epstein, LCSW, author, speaker and child behavior expert brings passion and over 30 years of practiced psychotherapy together to share new materials and easy interventions to engage even the most resistant child. Susan is the author of the best selling book, Over 60 Techniques, Activities & Worksheets for Challenging Children & Adolescents (PESI, 2011) and also 55 Creative Approaches for Challenging & Resistant Children & Adolescents (PESI, 2014).

She has also authored Your Out of Control Teen: The Little Book With a Lot of Attitude, A Guide to Effective Parent-Teen Communication (Shining Star, 2009), two parenting books Are You Tired of Nagging: How to Get Cooperative Kids (Shining Star, 2008) and The Take Back Your Parenting Powers System (Vervante, 2007) and has co-authored a children's book about death, loss and healing, The Cat Who Lost Its Meow (2008).

In addition to her clinical work, Susan is a parent coach, certified health coach, national child behavior expert, and has contributed to magazines Family, Parents, American Baby and New York. She founded Parenting Powers, a coaching company that provides parent coaching and supervision and training to professionals working with challenging kids.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial:   Susan Epstein maintains a private psychotherapy practice and is the founder of Parenting Powers.  She is an author for Premier Publishing & Media and receives royalties.  She is an author for Shining Star Publishing and Chase-En-Point Press Publisher and receives royalties.  She is receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Susan Epstein has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


  • State the difference between a “stop behavior and a start behavior”
  • Summarize 10 essential skills for diffusing tantrums, meltdowns and shutdowns in children.
  • Implement 3 tools to develop trust and motivation, while avoiding the pitfalls of power struggles and disengagement.
  • Identify simple, easy interventions to engage even the most resistant behavior


Why Do They Lose It?

  • Physical and Emotional Challenges
  • Transitions
  • Stop Behaviors
  • Start Behaviors

Power Struggles: Non-Engagement & Blocking Strategies for ADHD, ODD, ASD & Resistant Behaviors

  • Why time outs don’t work
  • Mindfulness: How to Diffuse through Validation and Repetition
  • How to Block Disrespectful & Negative Verbal & Non Verbal Behaviors

Visual Aids for Start & Stop Behaviors

  • Using templates to communicate
  • Transitions Made Fun
  • Non verbal techniques to express feelings
  • 3 x 5 cards for Tantrum Busting

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Teachers/Educators, and other Helping Professionals that work with children

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