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Resources for Clinicians

Last updated October 2021

Treatment Resources

Rating Scales

  • ARI - Affective Reactivity Index
  • Emotion Outburst Inventory (EMO-I)  - The Emotional Outburst Inventory (EMO-I) is a brief screening tool for irritability and severe emotional outbursts in youth.
  • R-MOAS -Retrospective Modified Overt Aggression Scale - scale of severity of aggressive behavior on a weekly basis; has been used as an outcome measure for aggression treatment studies.

For Research

  • ABC irritability; irritability subscale from the Aberrant Behavior Checklist; aimed at developmentally disabled kids; has been used as an outcome measure for irritability in autism
  • NCBRF - Nisonger Child Behavior Rating – a conduct or aggression item form, derived from the CBCL-has been used as an outcome measure for aggression treatment studies 

For Rating Scales for other diagnoses, please visit the AACAP Toolbox for Clinical Practice and Outcomes.

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Research and Training

AACAP Resources

Clinical Essentials on Emotion Dysregulation

This course, created by a team of child and adolescent psychiatrists with educational and content expertise, was designed for busy physicians looking to update and expand their knowledge on the most clinically relevant information on emotional dysregulation.

Course highlights include:

  • Highly rated videos and lectures from past AACAP activities
  • Flexibility to complete the course at your own pace
  • Up to 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits


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2019 AACAP Annual Meeting Presidential Address - AACAP President, Gabrielle A. Carlson, MD.
SCREENSIDE Chats Episode 34 - The Problem With Outbursts
Angry Outbursts in Young Children
Rethinking Challenging Kids-Where There's a Skill There's a Way
When Anxious Children Become Anxious Adolescents

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These apps can be helpful tools for people with emotion dysregulation. They should be used alongside comprehensive assessment and treatment from a trained mental health professional.

Taming Tantrums AppTaming Tantrums
"Taming Tantrums" App - a collection of phrases to reduce tears and tantrums and increase cooperation in young children.

Grump MeterGrump Meter
The Grump Meter helps kids and adults recognize and name their emotions, prevent “losing their heads on red", and achieve calmer, more peaceful, and empathic interactions.

RegnaTales, a series of 6 mobile apps, was created in response to the above advantages of using mobile technology and serious games to increase access to treatment and enhance the motivation of children to learn skills.

t2 T2 Mood Tracker
Mood Tracker allows users to monitor their moods on six pre-loaded scales (anxiety, stress, depression, brain injury, post-traumatic stress, general well-being). Custom scales can also be built.

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Facts for Families

AACAP's Facts for Families provides concise up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.

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