Managing the Cycle of Meltdowns for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Managing the Cycle of Meltdowns for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder


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Managing the Cycle of Meltdowns for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Geoff Colvin, Martin R. Sheehan

Based on Geoff Colvin’s bestselling book, Managing the Cycle of Acting-Out Behavior in the Classroom , this practitioner-friendly guide provides special and general education teachers of autistic students with a six-phase positive behavior support model that includes interventions for each phase. Outlining practical steps for preventing and responding to the various phases of meltdown behavior in students with autism spectrum disorder, you’ll find:

• An overview of ASD
• Examples of meltdown behavior
• Common triggers
• Addressing sensory issues
• Establishing expectations and rules
• Collaborating with parents
• And much more

Teachers will find experienced guidance for providing a supportive environment in which students with ASD can succeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626365698
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 662,942
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Martin R. Sheehan, integrates a background in research psychology, Direct Instruction, special education, and media development. He is the owner of Double S Instructional Systems and has received federal funding for over 10 National Institutes of Health Small Business grant projects. He has served as the the Principal Investigator for projects on improving anger management for adults with disabilities, positive behavior supports for educators who work with challenging students, dangerous drug prevention, nutrition, weight loss and exercise, leisure, and future planning programs for individuals with DD.

For 12 years he worked as an administrator in charge of programs for high school students with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. At that time he developed and supervised classrooms for students with autism and other developmental disabilities who exhibited severe acting out behaviors.

He also has worked in the past as a therapist for a local counseling center and specialized in helping individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and also with helping parents with their difficult children.

Dr. Sheehan continues to serve on numerous NIH Center for Scientific Review study groups, including the Biobehavioral and Social Science Review Group in the area of Risk, Prevention, and Health Behavior.

Geoff Colvin draws on his experience as a classroom teacher and administrator, researcher at the University of Oregon, and national public school consultant. Recognized as a national expert on the subjects of school safety and violence prevention, Colvin has provided inservice training for teachers and administrators in more than 100 school districts and agencies nationally and internationally. He recently served as research associate at the University of Oregon and independent consultant in the areas of schoolwide discipline, school climate, school safety, and violence prevention, and has also directed a juvenile detention school and a program for seriously emotionally disturbed youth. Colvin has authored more than sixty publications, books, book chapters, journal articles, and video programs on the subject of teaching and managing students with problem behavior.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Richard L. Simpson Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction Section I: A Model for Acting-Out Behavior of Students With ASD
1. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Overview
2. The Nature of Meltdowns
3. A Six-Phase Model of the Meltdown Cycle Section II: Strategies for Managing the Phases of the Meltdown Cycle
4. Calm Phase
5. Trigger Phase
6. Agitation Phase
7. Meltdown Phase
8. Re-Grouping Phase
9. Starting-Over Phase
10. The Parent Component Closing Remarks Appendices References Index

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