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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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Kathy Kaluza Morris, MEd, BS
6 Hours 15 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 15, 2019
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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.



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. Articulate the metacognitive and self-regulation strands for executive functioning components and how a breakdown in one strand impacts the other strands of executive functioning.
  2. Implement visual strategies that support communication, social skills, and behavior skills and decrease dysregulation behaviors.
  3. Utilize case studies to illustrate and evaluate the concepts of inhibitory control, working memory, emotional control, and mental rigidity.
  4. Create treatment strategies to meet the needs of individual students demonstrating a lack of self-regulation skills to improve classroom behavior and performance.
  5. Discriminate between the functions of behaviors in order to determine whether a behavior is a tantrum or an executive function meltdown.
  6. Identify effective interventions and calming strategies when working with students who are overstimulated and experiencing sensory breakdowns.
  7. Implement a “system” of interventions rather than a person dependent intervention to increase the odds of interventions being effective and accessible in multiple settings.


Self-Regulation and Executive Functioning (EF)

  • Neuroanatomy of the brain
  • Mirror neurons
  • Sensory issues vs. behavior issues
  • Address communication breakdowns before they become social skills deficits
  • Structure, predictability and routines to support self-regulation
  • Research-based interventions


Surprise Cards

  • Engagement learning: Clock partners
  • Eloise: Meltdown video

Social Scripts

  • Caleb
  • Aaron
  • Video Monitoring: Case example

Power Cards

  • Levels of talking: Video examples
  • Sheldon: High interest area
  • Power card example
  • Creating power cards collaboratively
  • Power cards for different age and developmental levels

Calming Strategies

  • Emotional control
  • Anxiety management video
  • Emotions charts
  • Relaxation schedules
  • Calm down cards
  • Breathe cards: Video

Self-Regulation Techniques

  • Social stories formats: Video examples
  • Me-Moves: Experiential practice
  • T-Charts

Inhibitory Control

  • Turtle technique
  • Impulse control
  • Positive behaviors flip books
  • 1st then cards
  • Now and next cards
  • Key chain rules: Video Example

Target Audience

  • GEN & SPED Teachers
  • School-Based Personnel & Paraprofessionals
  • Curriculum Directors
  • School Administrators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses


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