No More Meltdowns

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-04-01
  • Publisher: Future Horizons Inc

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It could happen at the grocery store. At a restaurant. At school. At home. Meltdowns are stressful for both child and adult, but Dr. Baker can help! Author of the award-winning Social Skills Picture Book series, Dr. Jed Baker offers parents and teachers strategies for preventing and managing meltdowns. His 20+ years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum, combined with his personal experiences raising his own children, have yielded time-tested strategies, and results! Dr. Baker offers an easy-to-follow, 4-step model that will improve your everyday relationships with the children in your life: 1) Managing your own emotions by adjusting your expectations, 2) Learning strategies to calm a meltdown in the moment, 3) Understanding why a meltdown occurs, and 4) Creating plans to prevent future meltdowns.

Author Biography

Dr. Jed Baker is a behavioral consultant for several New Jersey school districts where, nearly two decades ago, he organized a group to help children with social communication problems

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
The Problem
Meltdowns: When rewards and punishments are not enoughp. 3
What is a meltdown?
The usual parenting advice: start with rules and consequences
The limits of discipline: when rewards and punishments no longer work
But aren't meltdowns just manipulative behavior?
Can we really expect no more meltdowns?
An overview of the four-step model for reducing meltdowns
What are meltdowns made of?p. 13
Fight, flight or freeze response
Difficulties with abstract thinking and perspective taking
An explosive combination
The Solution
Accepting and appreciating our childrenp. 23
Controlling our own frustration
Building competence
Avoiding learned helplessness
The 80/20 rule
Anticipating frustration as part of learning
When to avoid power struggles
De-escalating a meltdownp. 35
How to de-escalate a meltdown
When too much distraction can make things worse
Helping children find their own distractions and calming strategies
Steps for creating self-calming strategies
Understanding why repeat problems occurp. 47
Understanding the triggers
The ABCs of behavior: Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence
Getting the ABCs: Interviews and observations
Seeing the pattern
Creating a prevention planp. 57
The components of a good prevention plan
A prevention plan for Kevin
The four types of meltdown situations
Plans for the Four Types of Meltdown Situations
Demandsp. 69
Do your schoolwork
Try it, it's delicious
Hurry up, the bus is coming
Clean up
Let's go to the party
Waitingp. 93
Just wait
You can't always get what you want
Okay, time to stop playing
Threats to self-imagep. 109
Winning isn't everything
It's okay to make mistakes
But names will never hurt you
Unmet wishes for attentionp. 125
I can't play with you now
Don't be jealous
Time to go to bed
Closing thoughts: Finding your own wayp. 145
Prevention plan form
Referencesp. 149
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