No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-control Behavior

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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 ...

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Overview

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.
 
Helpful chapters include:

  • Meltdowns: When rewards and punishments are not enough
  • What are meltdowns made of?
  • Accepting and appreciating our children
  • De-escalating a meltdown
  • Understanding why repeat problems occur
  • Creating a prevention plan
  • Demands
  • Waiting
  • Threats to self-image
  • Unmet wishes for attention
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"Jed Baker, in this excellent book, gives us the tools to deal with and prevent out-of-control behavior. Wisely, he leads us grown-ups to understand how to change our own behavior in order to help our children change theirs."
Carol Stock Kranowitz "Author of best-seller The Out-of-Sync Child"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932565621
  • Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 91,954
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

THE PROBLEM

Chapter 1: 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

Chapter 2: What are meltdowns made of?

  • Fight, flight or freeze response
  • Temperament
  • Difficulties with abstract thinking and perspective taking
  • Inflexibility
  • An explosive combination

THE SOLUTION

Chapter 3: 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

Chapter 4: 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

Chapter 5: Understanding why repeat problems occur

Understanding the triggers

  • The ABCs of behavior: Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence
  • Getting the ABCs: Interviews and observations
  • Seeing the pattern

Chapter 6: 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

Chapter 7: Demands

  • Do your schoolwork
  • Try it, it’s delicious
  • Hurry up, the bus is coming
  • Clean up
  • Let’s go to the party

Chapter 8: Waiting

  • Just wait
  • You can’t always get what you want
  • Okay, time to stop playing

Chapter 9: Threats to self-image

  • Winning isn’t everything
  • It’s okay to make mistakes
  • But names will never hurt you

Chapter 10: Unmet wishes for attention

  • I can’t play with you now
  • Don’t be jealous
  • Time to go to bed

Chapter 11: Closing thoughts: Finding your own way

  • Prevention plan form

References

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    No More Meltdowns is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2009

    A must have for all parents and clinicians!

    Dr. Baker's book, No more Meltdowns, has been such a help for me in providing effective methods to parents and children in my practice. The book set up is easy to follow and provides great examples for parents to relate to. For anyone working with children and for any parent who has been in those moments of a meltdown, this book is for you!

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  • Posted October 14, 2012

    Great read

    I think every Parent/teacher/childcare worker should read this. The book is an easy read. You will love it and have a better understanding when dealing with children, not only on the spectrum but off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Great, practical guidance on helping children (and adults) manage their behavior for the better!

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