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Self-Regulation & Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents: Visual Strategies and Hands-on Techniques to Provide Structure, Predictability, and Routines
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Children and adolescents who struggle with self-regulation often look like they aren’t paying attention, lack self-control or have difficulty making transitions.

They tend to act out, get placed in timeout, or sent to the principal’s office—missing important learning and socializing time. Seemingly unaware of the consequences of their behavior these kids push boundaries even when given punitive consequences. We are familiar with the kids; the challenge becomes how to intervene.

In this workshop recording, learn the components of self-regulation that are crucial to understanding sensory, cognitive, behavioral, and psychological breakdowns of children.

You will learn how working memory, inhibitory control, and mental rigidity—components of Executive Functioning (EF) —impede self-regulation and how essential supporting self-regulation development is to improved EF.

The good news—self-regulation and EF skills can be taught!

Drawing on over 45 years of professional experience Kathy Morris, M.Ed., will teach you visual strategies and hands-on techniques that provide children structure, predictability and routines—components essential to supporting self-regulation.

Under Kathy’s expertise, you will learn:

  • Communication strategies most effective when children are under stress
  • Visual ques to alert of schedule changes, surprises and transitions to alleviate anxiety
  • Video modeling scenarios to teach social skills and flexible thinking
  • Powerful incentives to teach acceptable behaviors and problem-solving skills
  • Visual supports to target desired behavior and provide clear direction
  • And more!

Through video case studies, visual demonstrations of strategies and dynamic discussions, you will learn how to implement these strategies tomorrow morning at school, during therapy or counseling, home and community.

Kathy Morris, M.Ed., B.S., Director/Owner, igivuWings

Kathy Morris, M.Ed., B.S., 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 an addition for campus and district staff developments as well as for those in clinical practice. In addition, she has an audio CD, Practical Strategies for Working with Students with Social Cognitive Differences in the General Education Classroom.

Speaker Disclosures:

FinancialKathy 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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