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Digital Seminar

Effective Interventions for Autism Spectrum Meltdowns


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Category:
Physical and Occupational Therapy |  Executive Function |  Sensory Processing Disorder |  Autism Spectrum Disorder
Trainer:
Deborah Lipsky
Duration:
5 Hours 59 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video


Description

April 30, 2014: 9:00am-5:00pm Eastern

  • Sensory & Visual Spatial Issues
  • Executive Function
  • Social/Emotional Communication
  • Anxiety to Meltdown
  • Meltdown Interventions

 


  • What causes the unusually strong reactions of a meltdown?
  • Can you see it coming?
  • Is it a meltdown or a tantrum?
  • Is it willful, manipulative behavior?
  • Is ‘Fight or Flight’ the only option?

Individuals on the autism spectrum often react very strongly to seemingly minor changes in routine, patterns, food, clothing, noise, and a host of other environmental factors. Understanding and recognizing personal triggers will be a major benefit in developing a plan for yourself or individuals you work with to lower the levels of anxiety and avoid a catastrophic reaction.

Deborah Lipsky, M.Ed., presents a rare and unique perspective from someone who lives with autism every day. Through a combination of personal experiences with professional knowledge she will offer you a rare glimpse into the neurological processing differences of an individual with autism and explain the physical and mental processes of a meltdown.

You will participate in interactive exercises where you are “autistic” for a moment to gain a greater appreciation of the challenges individuals with autism face. You will learn how to recognize the differences between a meltdown and a behavioral tantrum and what can trigger a meltdown. You will walk away with effective intervention strategies to use before, during, and after a meltdown.

OUTLINE

THE NEUROLOGICAL & PHYSIOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES OF AUTISM

Sensory & Visual Spatial

  • Sensory Evaluation: Asking the Right Questions
  • Sleeping, Eating, Large Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Hearing, Smell, Touch
  • Creating a Sensory Friendly Environment
  • Impact of Sensory Dysfunction on Learning, Behavior, & Social Interaction

Executive Function

Social/Emotional Communication

  • Common Pitfalls in Communicating with Individuals with Autism
  • Understanding the Nonverbal Body Language of Autism
  • Impact on Learning, Behavior, & Social Interaction
  • Strategies to Help Facilitate Communication

ANXIETY TO MELTDOWN

  • Recognizing the Triggers
  • What Does a Meltdown Look Like?
  • What a Person with Autism Experiences
  • During a Meltdown
  • Some Common Behaviors Seen in Meltdowns
  • Meltdown or Tantrum?

EFFECTIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS BASED ON THE S.C.A.R.E.D. MODEL

  • Behavior as a Form of Communication
  • Inappropriate Interventions....What Never To Do
  • Appropriate Strategies to De-Escalate the Situation
  • Intervention in the School System
  • Creating a Personalized Intervention/Crisis Plan

OBJECTIVES

  • Explain how to create a sensory friendly environment for an individual on the autism spectrum.
  • Discuss the impact of communication dysfunction on learning, behavior and social interactions.
  • Describe the neurological and physiological processes of meltdowns in a person with autism.
  • Generate a strategy to de-escalate a meltdown based on sensory, anxiety, communication or executive function triggers.
  • Differentiate between a meltdown and a behavioral tantrum and apply appropriate strategies to de-escalate the situation.
  • Design an individualized intervention/ crisis plan for your students/clients with autism spectrum disorder.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

DEBORAH LIPSKY, M.Ed., is an accomplished presenter traveling the United States and Canada delivering seminars, presentations, workshops, and keynote addresses on understanding autism from an insider’s viewpoint. In 2005, she was awarded the Autism Society of Maine’s outstanding volunteer award, and in 2006, she became the recipient of a Temple Grandin award for “outstanding success in her life thereby being an inspiration to others.”

Mrs. Lipsky became an international bestseller with Managing Meltdowns (2010), a book based on her S.C.A.R.E.D. model, an intervention guide full of strategies to help first responders and anyone witnessing an individual with autism having a catastrophic reaction (meltdown). In her second book, From Anxiety to Meltdown (2011), the focus is on understanding anxiety and how it influences thoughts and behaviors in individuals on the spectrum. It also is the first book to truly distinguish the difference between tantrums and meltdowns and offers numerous strategies to deal with both. Mrs. Lipsky also wrote a chapter on learning social skills from animals and is featured on the cover of the book “Autism All Stars” edited by Josie Santomauro and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Her third book on the nature of demons and spiritual warfare was released by Tau Publishers in the fall of 2012. Mrs. Lipsky’s fourth book, How People with Autism Grieve, and How to Help (2013), is an honest, first-hand account of how people with autism deal with the loss of someone in their life.

Mrs. Lipsky has been featured in a documentary along with Temple Grandin called, “Making Our Way” which was produced for Maine Public Broadcasting Television by Dan Lambert. As a former licensed wildlife rehabilitator specializing in raccoons, she is still affectionately known as the “raccoon lady” having spent 25 years studying them in the wild and learning social skills which she adapted for use around humans.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Deborah Lipsky receives royalties as an author for Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Deborah Lipsky is an adult with high functioning autism.


To order the book, Managing Meltdowns: Using the S.C.A.R.E.D. Calming Technique with Children & Adults with Autism, please visit our product store.

To order the book, From Anxiety to Meltdown: How Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Anxiety, Experience Meltdowns, Manifest Tantrums, and How You Can Intervene Effectively, please visit our product store.


 

TARGET AUDIENCE

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Teachers/Educators, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants and other Mental Health Professionals

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Credits


Kansas Speech-Language Pathologists

Approved for 7.5 self-study continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Speech-Language Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.


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Counselors

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South Carolina Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists

This program has been approved for 6.0 continuing education hours by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists. Approval #4540.


Educators

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Indiana Educators

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Montana Educators

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Texas Educators

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New Jersey Educators, Administrators & Education Services Personnel

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Marriage & Family Therapists

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Texas Marriage & Family Therapists

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Social Workers

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Illinois Social Workers

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Kansas Social Workers

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Minnesota Social Workers

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New York Social Workers

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Ohio Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists

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California Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Educational Psychologists

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Florida Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors

CE Broker

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Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

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California Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of self-study continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.


Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Handouts

Trainer

Deborah Lipsky's Profile

Deborah Lipsky Related seminars and products: 1

M.Ed., Board Member

Autism Society of Maine


Deborah Lipsky, M.Ed., is an accomplished presenter traveling the United States and Canada delivering seminars, presentations, workshops, and keynote addresses on understanding autism from an insider’s viewpoint. In 2005, she was awarded the Autism Society of Maine’s outstanding volunteer award, and in 2006, she became the recipient of the Temple Grandin award for “outstanding success in her life thereby being an inspiration to others.”

Mrs. Lipsky became an international bestseller with Managing Meltdowns (2010), a book based on her S.C.A.R.E.D. model, an intervention guide full of strategies to help first responders and anyone witnessing an individual with autism having a catastrophic reaction (meltdown). In her second book, From Anxiety to Meltdown (2011), the focus is on understanding anxiety and how it influences thoughts and behaviors in individuals on the spectrum. It also is the first book to truly distinguish the difference between tantrums and meltdowns and offers numerous strategies to deal with both. Mrs. Lipsky also wrote a chapter on learning social skills from animals and is featured on the cover of the book “Autism All Stars”, edited by Josie Santomauro and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Her third book on the nature of demons and spiritual warfare was released by Tau Publishers in the fall of 2012. Mrs. Lipsky’s fourth book, How People with Autism Grieve, and How to Help (2013), is an honest, first-hand account of how people with autism deal with the loss of someone in their life.

Mrs. Lipsky has been featured in a documentary along with Temple Grandin called, “Making Our Way” which was produced for Maine Public Broadcasting Television by Dan Lambert. In 2015 the documentary about her life, “Living with Autism”, also produced by Dan Lambert, was released and is available on DVD.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Deborah Lipsky receives royalties as an author for Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial:  Deborah Lipsky is an adult with high functioning autism. She is a member of the Autism Society of Maine.


Additional Info

Program Information

Additional Resources

To order the book, From Anxiety to Meltdown: How Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Anxiety, Experience Meltdowns, Manifest Tantrums, and How You Can Intervene Effectively, please visit our product store.

To order the book, The Key to Autism: An Evidence-based Workbook for Assessing and Treating Children & Adolescents, please visit our product store.


CD/DVD

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Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists and other Mental Health Professionals

Objectives

  1. Design a sensory conducive friendly environment for an individual on the autism spectrum to improve their level of functioning.
  2. Articulate the impact of communication dysfunction on learning, behavior and social interactions in clients diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
  3. Describe the neurological and physiological processes of meltdowns in a person diagnosed with autism and utilize this information when selecting a treatment intervention.
  4. Utilize clinical strategies to de-escalate a meltdown based on sensory, anxiety, communication or executive function triggers.
  5. Differentiate between a meltdown and a behavioral tantrum in clients with autism and apply appropriate clinical strategies to de-escalate the situation.
  6. Design and implement an individualized intervention/crisis plan for your clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Outline

THE NEUROLOGICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES OF AUTISM

  • Sensory and Visual Environments
    • Sensory evaluation: Asking the right questions
    • Large motor skills, fine motor skills, eating, hearing, smell, touch
    • Creating a sensory friendly environment
    • Impact of sensory dysfunction on learning, behavior and social interaction
  • Executive Function (EF)
    • Impact of EF on daily life
    • EF manifestations seen in meltdowns
    • Strategies to limit consequences of EF
  • Social/Emotional Communication
    • Common pitfalls in communicating with individuals with autism
    • Communication differences with autism
    • Impact on learning, behavior and social interaction
    • Strategies to help facilitate communication

ANXIETY TO MELTDOWN

  • Recognizing the triggers
  • What does a meltdown look like?
  • What a person with autism experiences during a meltdown
  • Common behaviors seen in meltdowns
  • Meltdown or tantrum?

EFFECTIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS BASED ON THE S.C.A.R.E.D. MODEL

  • Behavior as a form of communication
  • Inappropriate interventions....What never to do
  • Appropriate strategies to de-escalate the situation
  • Intervention in the school system
  • Creating a personalized intervention/crisis plan

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