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Autism Meltdowns in Children and Adolescents: Practical Strategies for Prevention, Intervention and Postvention
Autism Meltdowns in Children and Adolescents: Practical Strategies for Prevention, Intervention and Postvention

Where:   TEMECULA, CA

When:  Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Do you work with children and adolescents with autism who exhibit behaviors that interfere with their ability to effectively and efficiently navigate their environment? They appear willful, obnoxious, over reactive and unfeeling. They lose control of their ability to cope or regulate their behavior, which can send them spiraling into a meltdown. And, you feel frustrated, powerless and helpless after each meltdown.

Drawing on over 40 years of professional and personal experience, Timothy will lead you through dynamic discussion, video case examples and demonstrations providing dozens of strategies you can implement immediately with these children/adolescents – in any setting. Walk away with an array of practical strategies for:
  • Preventing and de-escalating meltdowns
  • Teaching and promoting appropriate behaviors
  • Providing instructional consequences/replacement behaviors
  • Developing self-control and self-management skills
  • … and more!

“Teach them in the way they learn” will be a mantra throughout the seminar.
Objectives:

  1. Analyze functions of behavior to determine if a child with autism is having a tantrum or meltdown to inform intervention strategies.
  2. Implement intervention strategies to target social-communication skills deficits and subsequent behavior difficulties in children with autism.
  3. Utilize a “breathe card” and emotions chart as intervention strategies to develop self-control and self-management skills in children with autism.
  4. Design optimal therapy/classroom environment to manage overstimulation and sensory breakdowns in children with autism.
  5. Determine specific intervention strategies to defuse explosive behaviors and de-escalate meltdowns in children with autism.
  6. Integrate change of schedule cues and transition markers in therapy/classroom to reduce symptoms of anxiety in children with autism.
OUTLINE

Functions of a Meltdown
  • Tantrum vs. meltdown
  • Stages of a meltdown
  • Sensory issues vs. behavior issues
  • Meltdown video
Strategies for the Meltdown Cycle: Intervention, Prevention and Postvention
  • Sensory Issues
    • Optimal learning environments
    • Easy-to-use sensory tools
    • Overstimulation and sensory breakdowns
    • Incorporate a sensory lifestyle throughout the day
  • Executive Function
    • Increase attention and focus
    • Strengthen motivation and engagement
    • On-task and task completion skills
    • Visual reminders for routines and predictability
    • Visual structure for organization
  • Self-Regulation
    • Develop self-control and self-monitoring skills
    • Tools for self-feedback
    • Use high focus and interest areas as powerful incentives to change behavior
  • Social/Emotional Communication
    • Communication for positive social interaction
    • Appropriate interactions with their peers
    • First-person stories for positive behavior changes and affirmations
  • Explosive Behaviors
    • Recognize the triggers
    • Reduce symptoms of anxiety
    • Modeling appropriate behavior
    • Defuse explosive behaviors
    • Decrease maladaptive behaviors
    • Increase appropriate behaviors
  • Special Considerations
    • Collaboration with parents/caregivers
    • Strategies for helping the parent/caregiver with grief
Techniques for After the Meltdown
  • Strategies for instructional consequences
  • Chart appropriate/inappropriate behaviors
  • Activities for reviewing behaviors when calm
  • Use cartooning to facilitate feedback
  • Strategies for providing systematic feedback
  • Reinforcements for communication strategies
  • Identify feelings and review behavior
Hands-on and Small Group Activities
  • Demonstration video
  • Small group exercises: Brainstorm appropriate and meaningful replacement behaviors

TIMOTHY P. KOWALSKI, M.A., CCC-SLP

Timothy P. Kowalski, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist specializing in social-pragmatic communication deficits and internationally known expert on Asperger Syndrome. His Orlando practice has seen clients from Europe, South America and throughout the USA. Mr. Kowalski regularly consults to schools on best practices for students identified or suspected of having Asperger’s syndrome and provides school-wide district inservices.

Mr. Kowalski presents internationally on a wide variety of issues relative to Asperger’s, is a guest lecturer at universities and colleges and is a consultant for forensic cases involving Asperger’s syndrome. He has worked in a variety of psychiatric healthcare delivery systems including in-patient and outpatient psychiatric hospitals, sex-offender units, and school-based settings. Mr. Kowalski is the author of six books on Asperger syndrome: Asperger Syndrome Explained; Social-Pragmatic Success for Asperger Syndrome and Other Related Disorders; Are You In The Zone?; The Source for Asperger’s Syndrome; Me, Myself, and You; Understanding Emotions: A Guide for Adults; and an article Assessing Social Communication in Asperger Syndrome.

He previously held the position of vice president of professional practices in speech-language pathology for the Florida Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is also a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Autism Society of America, Council for Behavior Disorders, and the Council for Exceptional Children. Mr. Kowalski is the recipient of the “2010 Clinician of the Year Award” offered by the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and the 2011 FLASHA nominee for the ASHA Louis M. di Carlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement. He holds the “TEAMS 2000 Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year” award for his work with Autism in the four-countywide greater Orlando, Florida metropolitan area and has served on the board of directors for the Greater Orlando Chapter of the Autism Society of America.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Timothy Kowalski is preseident of Professional Communication Services, Inc. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Timothy Kowalski is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Autism Society of America and the Florida Association for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
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