Freedom from Meltdowns

Dr. Thompson's Solutions for Children with Autism
By Travis Thompson, Ph.D.
Brookes Publishing, 2009
Paperback / 304 pages
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$26.00

Daily meltdowns and tantrums are one of the biggest challenges of life with autism and related disorders—they have a devastating impact on children with autism and their whole families. Now there's a book with all the expert advice front-line professionals and parents need to understand meltdowns, stop them before they start, and improve quality of life for entire families. Travis Thompson, the voice of authority on autism and behavior, channels his 40 years of experience working with children and families into a long-awaited how-to guide that helps readers

understand how other disorders and health conditions—such as anxiety, sleep disorders, OCD, ADHD, and mental health problems—contribute to meltdowns in children with autism

pinpoint events that trigger a meltdown—and prevent those triggers from escalating into an emotional explosion

use Functional Behavioral Assessment to uncover behavior patterns and develop effective intervention plans

improve communication skills so children can find positive ways to express themselves and get their needs met

create physical environments that facilitate learning and reduce distraction and confusion

work sensitively with families from diverse cultural backgrounds

discover specific ways to prevent meltdowns in school and other public settings

get insight into why children self-injure and what can be done to help them stop

Clear and practical enough to pick up and use right away, this book is filled with simple tips and strategies that really work, anecdotes from the author's extensive personal experience, and case studies that illustrate constructive and unconstructive ways to deal with familiar behavior issues. This eye-opening, problem-solving guide puts freedom from meltdowns within reach for everyone who works with or cares for a child with autism—and puts children on the path to success in school, at home, and in the community.