Managing tantrums webinar course

Tantrums can cause stress, worry and inconvenience in families. But what makes them more likely in your child? You’re invited to join this free, live webinar course to find out why tantrums happen and what you can do about them.

In this course, we’ll help you:

  • understand why tantrums happen
  • learn about why and when your own child has tantrums
  • learn strategies for preventing and managing your child’s tantrums
  • teach your child skills for better behaviour
  • identify what you can change in your family environment to make tantrums less likely.

If you have children aged 2-12 years, or children who have additional or complex needs, this webinar is suitable for you.

Managing tantrums webinar course: session outline

There are five sessions in this webinar course, and there is more information about each session below.

The sessions are held once a week on Wednesday nights, starting on 7 November 2018. Each session begins at 8 pm AEDT and runs for 40 minutes, followed by a 20-minute discussion.

Registrations for this webinar have now closed.

Session 1: psychology of tantrums

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 8 pm AEDT

Factors in the environment – like noise, or other people or hunger – affect children’s behaviour. These factors can make children more or less likely to have tantrums. Also, all tantrums have an underlying purpose.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • identify the underlying purpose of a tantrum
  • analyse what happens just before and just after a tantrum
  • recognise how triggers and consequences make tantrums more or less likely
  • adjust your response to a tantrum depending on its underlying purpose.

Session 2: assessing your own child’s behaviour

Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 8 pm AEDT

Assessing your child’s behaviour helps you understand the situations that cause tantrums. It also helps you choose the most important behaviour to work on first.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • describe tantrums clearly
  • measure tantrums
  • track tantrums over time and identify patterns in behaviour
  • evaluate how tantrums are affecting you and your family
  • recognise and understand your own responses to the behaviour.

Session 3: influencing your child’s behaviour

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 8 pm AEDT

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • give effective instructions
  • use praise, rewards and encouragement to increase good behaviour
  • catch your child being good
  • use consequences that stop a tantrum achieving its purpose.

Session 4: new skills for better behaviour

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 8 pm AEDT

Skills your child needs for better behaviour might include social skills – for example, asking for help – and self-regulation or coping skills.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • identify and build on your child’s strengths
  • give your child help when it’s needed
  • identify what new skills could help avoid tantrums
  • break a skill down into steps to teach it effectively
  • encourage and motivate your child to learn new skills
  • set goals for better behaviour – what you want from your child, how often you want it, and how well your child does it.

Session 5: the future of tantrums in your family

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 8 pm AEDT

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • think about what’s happening in your family that might make tantrums more likely, and what you can do about this
  • manage how you feel about your child’s tantrums
  • be a good role model – make positive behaviour and healthy relationships a habit in your family
  • identify, plan for and reduce the effect of situations where tantrums are likely to happen
  • work with your partner or other significant adults in the child’s life to get better at responding to tantrums.

All sessions are presented by Tony Gates, a registered psychologist with expertise in child development and education. Tony currently designs and implements supports for parents at the Parenting Research Centre.

Registrations for this webinar have now closed.

I've signed up: what happens next?

After you’ve signed up using the link above, we’ll send you an email with more information about how and when to join the webinar.

If you plan to join the webinar using a mobile device, you’ll need to download the Webinato app from either Android’s Play Store or Apple’s iTunes. A user guide is available with further information.

Recordings will be made available a few days after each webinar.

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