High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Reducing Meltdowns
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High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Reducing Meltdowns

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Publication Date:
May 26, 2016
Print Length:
98 pages

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Learn how to stop a meltdown! This book offers tried-and-true solutions to minimize and circumvent the often frightening circumstances that surround the cycle of meltdowns, not only for the child with autism, but others in the environment as well.
A highly practical and user-friendly resource, High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Meltdowns (3rd edition) describes the three-stage cycle of a meltdown and identifies the evidence-based strategies that should be used at each stage.
In addition, this book outlines how to prevent the occurrence of meltdowns through instruction, interpretation, and coaching. Thus, the authors of this very practical book take the reader through the stages of the cycle and emphasize the importance of utilizing systematic instruction and teachable moments before and after a meltdown. The book emphasizes that (a) meltdowns are not purposeful and (b) instruction is needed in order for them to stop and provides practical steps to complete this journey successfully.

Editorial Reviews

This is a must-have resource! Poor emotion regulation has a very real impact on both the individual and those who provide support. The authors present a helpful review of factors that underlie difficult moments and provide real solutions to address them. Parents, teachers, psychologists, behavior specialists, and other professionals who work with individuals with ASD will appreciate this book. --Barry G. Grossman, PhD; Ziggurat Group, author of THE ZIGGURAT MODEL

Dr. Myles and Dr. Aspy did a great job covering the many components of a meltdown. As a young adult with autism who has experienced meltdowns, I loved this book! It truly captured what I wish people knew about meltdowns. Best of all, it does so in a way that supportive, respectful and takes the perspectives of both the individual with ASD and the person supporting them into account. This book is one of my favorites! It helps others understand that individuals with autism do not have these meltdown-type behaviors on purpose, they have them because of how their brain works. I think that this book is one that is much needed, and will truly teach others. This book is a must-read for parents and professionals alike! I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. --Chloe Rothschild, self-advocate, writer and presenter, young adult with autism

Brenda Smith Myles and Ruth Aspy's collective wisdom in the field of autism is remarkable. By joining forces in this latest endeavor, they combine practicality and useful information for not only educators and therapists, but also parents who, despite their best efforts, can struggle to understand and find meaningful ways to be supportive. Thank you, Brenda and Ruth - your contributions are important and immense! --Jackie Moen, Executive Director of Common Threads, McFarland, WI

About the Author

Brenda Smith Myles, PhD, a consultant with the Ziggurat Group, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the Education and Treatment Services Project for Military Dependent Children with Autism, was the recipient of the Autism Society of America s Outstanding Professional Award; the Princeton Fellowship Award; and the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. She has written over 150 articles and books on autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns (with Southwick) and Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success (with Adreon). The latter was the winner of the Autism Society of America s Outstanding Literary Work. Brenda has made over 500 presentations all over the world, and served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee. Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Organization for Autism Research and MAAP Services Inc. In addition, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world from 1997 to 2004.

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