Taming Tantrums and Meltdowns: Techniques for Caregivers of Children with Autism

January 11, 2017, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

This presentation will provide information about some of the reasons that children with autism have tantrums and meltdowns. Additionally, practical strategies for 1) preventing difficult behavior, 2) supporting your child when he or she is distressed, and 3) reducing the frequency of tantrums over time will be discussed.

Presentation Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Increase understanding of the functions of tantrums and meltdowns
  • Learn strategies for managing behaviors in the moment
  • Describe methods for reducing future tantrums and meltdowns

Presenter: Kate Mccalla, Ph.D.

Kate McCalla is a clinical psychologist at CARD. Dr. McCalla conducts diagnostic evaluations and provides individual treatment to children with autism and their families. She earned her PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, completed her residency at the TEACCH Autism Program at University of North Carolina, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship through Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute.


Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21211


Parents, family members and professionals

This is a FREE training! To register, visit www.kennedykriegercard.eventbrite.com or call Hanna Hutter at (443) 923-7596.

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