Managing Meltdowns

Managing Meltdowns

Using the S.C.A.R.E.D Calming Technique With Children and Adults With Autism

eBook - 2009
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In a chaotic or threatening situation, fear is the primary emotional response of an autistic individual. Often the initial physical response is to freeze. 'Meltdowns', or brain overloads can be scary for the individual with autism, and for the person trying to help if they don't know how to react in this situation. Common coping strategies, such as hand flapping or leg shaking, can be misperceived as being wilful, noncompliant, and uncooperative; and some techniques commonly recommended during times of distress or crisis, such as maintaining eye contact or using light touch, can be counter-pro.
Publisher: London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2009
ISBN: 9781846429170
Characteristics: 1 online resource (80 pages)
Additional Contributors: Richards, Will (William S.)


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CSchmidt1 Jun 07, 2011

A great practical guide to help individuals with autism and those who work with them. This book is written by an author with autism and a counselor/therapist who conduct seminars primarily for first responders: firefighters, police, doctors, and nurses. I gained a number of very useful and practical ideas that can be readily applied to the school setting.

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