No More Meltdowns Positive Strategies for Dealing with and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior

ISBN-10: 1932565620
ISBN-13: 9781932565621
Edition: 2009
Authors: Jed Baker
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Future Horizons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 150
Size: 5.99" wide x 9.04" long x 0.41" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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.

Jed Baker, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with over 12 years experience leading theraputic groups with children, adults and families. He is a behavioral consultant for several New Jersey school systems, providing social skills training for students with pervasive developmental disorders and learning disabilities. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training throughout the Northeast on social skills training for individuals with Asperger Sydrome and related pervasive developmental disorders.

Foreword
Introduction
The Problem
Meltdowns: When rewards and punishments are not enough
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?
Fight, flight or freeze response
Temperament
Difficulties with abstract thinking and perspective taking
Inflexibility
An explosive combination
The Solution
Accepting and appreciating our children
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 meltdown
How to de-escalate a meltdown
Distractions
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 occur
Understanding the triggers
The ABCs of behavior: Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence
Getting the ABCs: Interviews and observations
Seeing the pattern
Creating a prevention plan
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
Demands
Do your schoolwork
Try it, it's delicious
Hurry up, the bus is coming
Clean up
Let's go to the party
Waiting
Just wait
You can't always get what you want
Okay, time to stop playing
Threats to self-image
Winning isn't everything
It's okay to make mistakes
But names will never hurt you
Unmet wishes for attention
I can't play with you now
Don't be jealous
Time to go to bed
Closing thoughts: Finding your own way
Prevention plan form
References

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