Workshops with Dr. Brenda Smith Myles

Workshop 1: Executive Functioning and Workshop 2: Self-Regulation

Dr. Smith Myles will teach important concepts around executive functioning and emotional self-regulation and how training and practice in those areas can improve the lives of those with autism in the home, at school, and in the community.

Both workshops are designed for teachers, psychologists, physicians, speech language pathologists, early childhood educators, mental health providers, administrators, behavior consultants, as well as researchers, clinicians,
and others interested in educating students with autism and related developmental disabilities.

These two workshops are recorded and designed to be viewed at your convenience.  The cost of each workshop is $30.00 USD or both workshops for $50.00 USD.

About Dr. Brenda Smith Myles

Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., is 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.

Workshop 1: Executive Functioning

The 21st Century Skills have recognized the importance of executive function skills to school success. Indeed, it can be argued that executive function skills underlie all life success. The multiple aspects of executive function challenges that impact home, school, community, and employment will be described with examples that relate to each of these environments. In addition, evidence-based interventions and supports that can be implemented to help individuals on the spectrum develop will be described.


By attending this workshop participants will:

  • Define executive function and its relation to autism spectrum disorder
  • Describe how executive function impacts autistic individuals in the home, school, and community
  • Identify interventions that can be used to teach and support executive function

Workshop 2: Self-Regulation

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.


By attending this workshop participants will:

  • 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


The registration fee for each workshop is $30 USD, and $50 USD for both. All registrations are processed online by Indiana University Conferences. You may pay with a credit card, check, or purchase order. All registrations are final, and no money will be refunded.

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