Meltdowns and Behavioral Dysregulation


General Information

Meltdowns and Behavioral Dysregulation: A 3 hour workshop

   Travis Thompson, PhD, L.P.

Live! Friday December 4, 2020

11:00-12:30  (30 minute break) 1:00-2:30

Recording Access Period  12/5/20- 12/14/20 (11:59 pm eastern)


Behavior challenges of childhood, such as aggression, self-injury or destructiveness, share common antecedents including meltdowns, emotional and behavioral dysregulation. In this webinar we focus on addressing those behavioral antecedents. Much as physiological mechanisms affect bio-behavior challenges, social environmental conditions powerfully determine behavioral regulation. While meltdowns and emotional and behavioral dysregulation may be heavily influenced by neurophysiological factors, nearly all involve social-environmental regulation.
This webinar is oriented toward prevention of behavioral crises, rather than overcoming them. We address factors influencing behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Traumatic Stress Related Conditions and Disruptive Mood Disorders (Si.e. severe Mood Dysregulation and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder and discuss the role of social and language perception failures in autism and other disabilities.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the class, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify child and family conditions predisposing to emerging behavioral crises.
  • Identify the role of stimulant and other psychotropic medications and behavior treatment in child outcomes.
  • Identify the role of the behaviorally based clinician in helping parents manage child meltdowns by using the Alternative Child and Parent’s pathway to resolving behavioral challenges.
  • Identify uses of ABA and ACT therapy in treating Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder and Focal Impairment Awareness epilepsy (Complex Partial Epilepsy)Identify behavioral techniques in reducing behavioral impairment in common phobias.

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Travis Thompson, PhD LP, is a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota and retired Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota, where he serves on occasional doctoral committees and teaches autism courses. He completed his PhD at the U of Minnesota in Psychology, Child Development and Neuroscience, and subsequently did postdoctoral work with J.V. Brady at the University of Maryland, and Robert H. Hinde at Cambridge University, UK. He and his colleague C.R. Schuster wrote the first textbook in Behavioral Pharmacology. Thompson and his doctoral students completed the first comprehensive behavioral intervention project at a Minnesota institution which led to the transition of most people with Intellectual Disabilities to the community as part of a class action legal case (Welsch v. Likins). He has presented invited addresses in 17 countries and 47 states throughout the US on autism, developmental disabilities and behavioral pharmacology, and has held many prestigious appointments in his career, including Director of the J.F. Kennedy Center on Human Development at Vanderbilt University, Director of the Child Development Institute and Smith Professor of Psychiatry at University of Kansas Medical School, and Professor and Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Pediatrics Center for Neurobehavioral Development, University of Minnesota.

For many years he has consulted with families regarding their children, and with group homes and other agencies. He has published 250 articles and 35 books on behavioral services to children to autism and is widely respected by parents for his compassionate, caring approach to working with families. He has received national service and research awards from the American Association for Mental Retardation, the ARC of the United States, the Academy of Mental Retardation, the Career Scientist Award, the Edgar Doll Award from APA, and the Outstanding Community Service Award, Board of Regents, University of Minnesota.

The presenter(s) and/or presenters’ family members do not have financial
arrangement or affiliation with any of the products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk.



11:00 am: Introduction
11:05 am: Webinar begins
12:30 pm: 30 minute break
1:00 pm: Webinar resumes with First Q&A session
2:15 pm: Second Q&A session
2:30 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms

Credit Hour Information

Behavior Analysts earn 3 CEUs* (Learning) Psychologists earn 3 CEs*                                  OTs earn .3 CEUs *                                          Social Workers earn 3 Clinical CEs**      Certified Counselors earn 3 CEs**

Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes

  • CEs not available for other professions

*CE for viewing Live or Recording             ** CE for viewing LIVE ONLY

For ABAC’s continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page

Target Audience

Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are interested in the topic to join us.

Not all interested parties may receive continuing education for this event. Check credit hour information for professions eligible for continuing education. Please also check the level of the event and learning objectives to make sure it is appropriate for you.

Meltdowns and Behavioral Dysregulation