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Brenda Smith Myles: Self-Regulation

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Course Introduction

Self-regulation challenges are among the most frequently observed behaviors in autistic children and youth. Research shows a link between the autistic neurology and these behaviors, highlighting the need to understand these challenges and teach in meaningful strategies. The self-regulation experienced by individuals with ASD may manifest itself in many ways, but it sometimes leads to meltdowns. This escalating sequence follows a three-stage cycle: (a) rumbling, (b) rage, and (c) recovery. This sequence can be problematic as many children and youth with ASD often endure the cycle without understanding their autism. This session will overview the cycle and discuss evidence-based strategies that can be used at each stage. In addition, prevention strategies will be discussed. It is important that those who work and live with autistic individuals and autistic individuals, themselves, understand the cycle of meltdowns as well as interventions that can be used during this cycle.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the cycle of tantrums, rage, and meltdowns
  • Describe strategies that can be used at each of the three stages
  • Discuss how to avoid the cycle of tantrums, rage, and meltdowns

Module Topics Include

  • Functional communication communication
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Evidence Based Practices
  • Restrictive Behavior
  • Repetitive Behavior

Meet the Presenter

Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., formerly, a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome (GRASP) Divine Neurotypical Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Autism Champion, and two-time recipient of the Council for Exceptional Children Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award.

She served as the editor of the journal Intervention in School and Clinic and has been a member of the editorial board of several journals. Brenda has made over 3000 presentations all over the world and written more than 300 articles and books on ASD. In addition, she collaborated with the three organization who identified evidenced based practices in autism. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.

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Length:57 minutes


Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Indiana Disability and Community


Credit: Certificate of attendance (1 hour)


Audience:Special education teachers, General Education teachers, parents, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists

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