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2 Hours Workshop

Seminar: Meltdowns in Young Children with Autism

Self-regulation challenges are among the most frequently observed behaviors in young children 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 challenges experienced by children with autism often leads to meltdowns.

This escalating sequence follows a three-stage cycle:

  1. Rumbling,
  2. Rage and
  3. Recovery.

This sequence can be problematic as many children with autism often endure the cycle without understanding their autism. This session will overview the cycle of meltdowns 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 and individuals with autism themselves, understand the cycle of meltdowns as well as interventions that can be used during this cycle.

Dates:25 Nov 2023 (Sat)
Time:8.30am - 10.30am
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 sessions, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the cycle of meltdowns.
  2. Identify student and behaviors during the cycle.
  3. Discuss interventions that can be used at each state of the cycle.
Who Can Benefit?

For teachers - early childhood, early intervention, special needs education and learning support. Parents n anyone who works with individuals with special needs.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) / pax
30 Sep 2023 50
Normal Till Full 60