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Two Half-Day Workshop

Seminar: Meltdowns And Behaviour Management In Children with Autism

Self-regulation challenges are among the most frequently observed behaviors in children and youth with autism. Research shows a link between the autistic neurology and these behaviors, highlighting the need to understand these challenges and teach in meaningful strategies. The self-regulation experienced by individuals with autism may manifest itself in many ways, but it sometimes leads to meltdowns.

This escalating sequence follows a three-stage cycle: (a) rumbling, (b) rage, and (c) recovery. This sequence can be problematic as many children and youth with autism often endure the cycle without understanding their autism. This session will overview the cycle and discuss evidence-based strategies that can be used at each stage as well as the neurology of meltdowns. In addition, prevention strategies will be discussed. It is important that those who work and live with individuals with autism themselves, understand the cycle of meltdowns as well as interventions that can be used during this cycle.

Dates:4 and 5 Dec 2023 (Mon and Tue)
Time:8.30am - 12.30pm
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.

Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., formerly, a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome (GRASP) Divine Neurotypical Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Autism Champion, and two-time recipient of the Council for Exceptional Children Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. She served as the editor of Intervention in School and Clinic, the third largest journal in special education and has been a member of the editorial board of several journals, including Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Remedial and Special Education, and Autism: The International Journal of Research. Brenda has made over 3000 presentations all over the world and written more than 300 articles and books on ASD. In addition, she collaborated with the National Professional Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, National Autism Center, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who identified evidenced based practices for individuals with autism. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.

Course Outline
  1. Meltdowns and the Autistic Brain
  2. The Cycle of Meltdowns
    1. Rumbling Stage
      • Definition
      • Student Behaviors
      • Rumbling Interventions
      • Adult Behaviors
    2. Rage Stage
      • Definition
      • Student Behaviors
      • Rumbling Interventions
      • Adult Behaviors
    3. Recovery Stage
      • Definition
      • Student Behaviors
      • Rumbling Interventions
      • Adult Behaviors
  3. Student Crisis Plan Sheet
Course Objectives

At the end of the session, attendees will:

  1. Identify the cycle of meltdowns
  2. Describe strategies that can be used at each of the three stages
  3. Discuss how to avoid the cycle of meltdowns
Who Can Benefit?

For SPED teachers, special educators, speech-language pathologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, administrators, psychologists, and consultants.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) / pax
30 Sep 2023 300
Normal Till Full 350