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Executive Functioning Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Practical Strategies to Improve Metacognitive and Self-Regulation Skills

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Kathy Kaluza Morris, MEd, BS
6 Hours 14 Minutes
Audio and Video
Oct 06, 2017
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Walk away with visual strategies and hands-on techniques that:

  • Support self-management in regulating behavior, focus and energy
  • Improve motivation, recall, organization and planning
  • Increase communication skills and develop appropriate social skills
  • Support the way information is received and retained in long-term memory

Do you work with children and adolescents who struggle paying attention, are severely disorganized, have difficulty making transitions and are unable to make plans? They repeatedly act out and meltdown—seemingly unaware of the consequences of their behavior. They frequently get placed in timeout or sent to the principal’s office—missing out on typical childhood experiences in school, on the playground and with their families. These children have Executive Functioning (EF) deficits.

The good news is that EF can be taught!

Watch this intensive workshop and learn to strengthen the neuro connections in children and apply evidence-based metacognitive and self-regulation visual strategies and hands-on techniques to improve:

  • Working Memory
  • Inhibitory Control
  • Adaptability
  • Mental Flexibility
  • Goal Setting
  • Planning/Strategizing
  • Sequencing
  • Organization
  • Time Management
  • Task Initiation
  • Executive Attention
  • Task Persistence
  • Emotional Control
  • Social skills
  • Communication

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.



This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD.



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Kathy Kaluza Morris has been a special educator for 52 years, serving as a speech therapist, self-contained teacher of students with behavior disorders, moderate to severe developmental disabilities, as well as a resource teacher and first grade teacher. She served as a diagnostician and supervisor in a district where she opened up the first two LIFE Skills programs in the state of Texas before becoming a consultant for autism, behavior and inclusion at a region service center in Texas. Starting her own business, igivuWings, in 1999 she provides seminars nationally and internationally. She served on the President’s Commission on Special Education, was Teacher of the Year and recently, she and her husband were honored by the ARC of Texas with the Lifetime Achievement Award Serving Persons with Disabilities.

A prolific and practical speaker, Kathy has traveled throughout the world since starting her own business in 1999, providing technical assistance, seminars, and consulting for school districts and service centers. She has made many videos that provide her full seminars as well as shorter versions. Her specialty topics for her seminars are autism, self-regulation strategies, executive function, moderate to severe disabilities, inclusion, co-teaching, mindfulness, and growth mindset.

She believes in possibilities and the power of imagination. Kathy and her husband, Guy, “walked the walk and talked the talk” since the birth of their twin sons with developmental disabilities, including autism, and cerebral palsy, in 1987.


Speaker Disclosures:
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.


  1. Determine when to use strategies, such as breathe cards or keychain rules, to support children’s self-management in regulating behavior, focus and energy.
  2. Implement specific intervention strategies to improve recall, organization and planning, and self-management skills in children with Executive Functioning (EF) deficits.
  3. Utilize video modeling as an intervention strategy to target social-communication skills deficits and subsequent behavior difficulties in children with EF deficits.
  4. Integrate visual strategies to support the way children and adolescents receive information and retain it in long-term memory.
  5. Integrate metacognitive strategies to provide structure, predictability and routines to improve children’s level of functioning.
  6. Utilize self-regulation strategies to help children identify their emotions and level of emotions and to improve their level of functioning.


Executive Functioning

  • Neuroanatomy of the brain
  • Mirror neurons
  • Sensory issues vs. behavior issues
  • Address communication breakdowns before they become social skills deficits resulting in behavior difficulties

Unlock Challenging Behavior in:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attachment disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Mood disturbances
  • Behavior disorders
  • Learning disabilities

Self-Regulation Strategies

  • Methods to chart appropriate/inappropriate behaviors
  • Activities to review situations, options, consequences, choices, strategies, simulation when calm
  • Facilitate systematic feedback
  • Identify emotions, level of emotions and suggestions for self-regulation

Metacognitive Strategies

  • Methods that provide structure, predictability and routines
  • Systems to provide expectations
  • Neutral visual ques
  • Tips to break down workloads and schedules

Integrate Metacognitive and Self-Regulation Strategies

  • Visual ques to alert of change, surprises and transitions
  • Generate new and novel language for persons under stress but have extensive rote memories
  • Video modeling scenarios for persons who have social malfunctions
  • Ways to use high interest areas to motivate and problem-solve
  • Prompts for acceptable behaviors/social skills
  • Social narratives for expected behaviors and what they look like

Hands-On Activities and Video Demonstration of:

  • Meltdowns
  • Power cards
  • Keychain rules
  • Backward Planning
  • Using a launch pad for materials
  • Simulation of over-arousal and over-stimulation
  • Cartooning

Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      2

Total Reviews: 2


Lisa T

"Wonderful and meaningful presentation."

Kathleen S

"I will certainly refer other professionals to this presenter and/or seminar!"

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