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What To Do After the Meltdown

Practical Strategies for Prevention, Intervention and Instruction

Presented by Kathy Morris, M.Ed.

Monday, May 6, 2019  |  Ottawa, on

!  Important Notice:

This event has been cancelled.

Date & Location

Monday, May 6, 2019 – Monday, May 6, 2019

9:00am – 4:00pm

Holiday Inn – Ottawa East

1199 Joseph Cyr St., Ottawa, ON

phone:  613.744.1060

fax:  613.744.7076

website:  www.chimohotelottawa.com

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

When working with a child or adolescent with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, or another developmental disorder, meltdowns may occur that may be a result of sensory overload or an inability to self-regulate emotions. This course will provide many practical hands-on strategies to increase positive and acceptable behaviour while decreasing undesirable behaviours. There will be strategies on preventing meltdowns, tantrums, and rage. Suggestions for instructional consequences and self-management techniques to help prevent another meltdown will be provided. Videos and demonstrations using evidence-based techniques and a system of visual supports throughout the day will indicate how to use high focus and interest areas as incentives.

This information and fun-packed course is designed for educators, therapists, counsellors, and all those who are interested in providing support to children and adolescents with ASD, ADHD, or other developmental disabilities.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

  • Use of Agenda/Schedules, Surprise Cards, or Change of Schedule Cards
  • Meltdowns, Tantrums, Chronic Overarousal; Social Scripts


  • Social Scripts- continued; Video Models
  • Myths and Facts of ASD; Autism Research, Neurology of the Brain, and Behaviour


  • Video of Overstimulation; How to Implement Power Cards and Social Stories
  • Video Scenarios-Critical Components in General Education Classrooms


  • Implementing Instructional Consequences; Using Visual Tools
  • Complete Program Evaluations

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain why an agenda/schedule is important for persons on the spectrum
  2. Explain how to use a Surprise Card or Change of Schedule Card in a clinical or classroom setting
  3. Differentiate between a meltdown and a tantrum
  4. Differentiate chronic over-arousal to behaviours observed in students with an ASD or another developmental disorder
  5. Demonstrate the ability to role-play a Social Script Adequately describe how to apply a Video Model
  6. Accurately identify examples of overstimulation when presented with videotaped examples of student behaviors
  7. Discuss how to implement Power Cards and Social Stories in classroom or therapy settings

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Kathy Morris, M.Ed.

Kathy Morris, M.Ed., has been a speech therapist, teacher for self-contained programs (including students with autism, severe behavioural difficulties, and cerebral palsy), resource teacher and first grade teacher. She was also a diagnostician/supervisor for all grade levels. She was a LIFE Skills/autism/ behaviour/assistive technology consultant at a Texas education service center before leaving to start her own business in 1999. Her business, igivuWings, has reached families and educators throughout the world,. Kathy has had over 42 years of experience working with children and adolescents with severe behavioural difficulties.

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: All education and mental health or healthcare professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers • All other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers and Community Police Officers.

Recommended Accommodation

Holiday Inn – Ottawa East

1199 Joseph Cyr St., Ottawa, ON

phone:  613.744.1060

fax:  613.744.7076

website:  www.chimohotelottawa.com

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

To make a reservation please email salesmngr@hiottawaeast.com or contact the hotel directly at 613.744.1060

Rooms are a standard room with one or two queen beds for $139.00 plus tax

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrolment $249 $269
Group 3-7 $234 $254
Group 8-14 $219 $239
Group 15+ $204 $224
Full-Time Student $204 $224
2 Day Option: Attend Both Kathy Morris Workshops
Individual Enrolment $449 $469
Group 3-7 $429 $449
Group 8-14 $409 $429
Group 15+ $389 $409
Full-Time Student $389 $409

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Fees do not include applicable taxes (13% HST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 23, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Please review our Registration Terms and Conditions for information on our cancellation policy, payment policies, rebates, and more. You must agree to our Terms and Conditions to register for a workshop or conference.

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