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Autism Dysregulation During COVID-19: Strategies for Coping with Disrupted Routines, Heightened Anxiety, and Emotional Distress

Techniques, Tips and Tools to: Parents and family members of individuals of all ages diagnosed with autism face unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 restrictions of social distancing. Individuals with autism depend on a team of professionals, teachers and family members to support their daily learning, behavioral, sensory and communication difficulties. With “stay at home” orders, schools and businesses closed, routines and structure has been disrupted on top of mounting anxiety and emotional distress.
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Faculty:
Kathy Morris
Duration:
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Apr 02, 2020

Description

Techniques, Tips and Tools to:

  • Teach self-control and self-management skills with square breathing techniques
  • Alleviate anxiety through power cards and five-point scale techniques
  • Promote positive behavior through social stories and visual cues

Parents and family members of individuals of all ages diagnosed with autism face unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 restrictions of social distancing. Individuals with autism depend on a team of professionals, teachers and family members to support their daily learning, behavioral, sensory and communication difficulties. With “stay at home” orders, schools and businesses closed, routines and structure has been disrupted on top of mounting anxiety and emotional distress.

During this 90-minute video, Kathy Morris will demonstrate practical strategies, Power Cards, Square Breathing, Five-Point Scale, Breathe Cards, and Social Stories to help those with autism identify emotions as well as regulate anxiety and stress and reduce meltdowns and tantrums.

These practical strategies can easily be taught by parents, family members or educators through video calls and video demonstrations.

Handouts

Outline

  • Power Cards as powerful incentives to change behavior
  • Square Breathing to alleviate anxiety and stress
  • Five-Point Scale to identify emotions, feelings and needs
  • Breathe Cards to develop self-control and self-management
  • Social Stories to reduce fears and emotional distress

Faculty

Autism Dysregulation During COVID-19:  Strategies for Coping with Disrupted Routines, Heightened Anxiety, and Emotional Distress

Kathy Morris, M.Ed., B.S. Related seminars and products: 8

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.