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Managing Meltdowns


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Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction. Frequently Asked Questions. Safe. Calm. Affirmation. Routine. Empathy. Develop a Plan.

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Using the easy-to-remember acronym SCARED this guide offers practical techniques for parents and professionals responding to the meltdowns of those with autism

About the Author

Deborah Lipsky is a high-functioning autistic individual with substantial experience in emergency and trauma management, having formerly worked as a firefighter, emergency medical technician, and reserve police officer. She is now a Continuing Education Seminar Presenter and Keynote Speaker, and is a consultant for schools, agencies, and private parties, specializing in meltdown management plans. Will Richards was a clinical psychologist in private practice in Maine, United States.


this is a well-thought-out book which contains much useful advice for helping someone who is having a meltdown, along with tips on how to prepare other people to give you help if you are the person suffering... a very useful little book which I suggest anyone who struggles with meltdowns can benefit from reading, especially if you can recommend it to your carers and support workers. -- Asperger United
This is a small book packed full of thought provoking anecdotes and observations and with practical and useful ideas and strategies. -- NAPLIC Newsletter
This interesting quick read gives a good insight into the mind of an individual with autism when facing a threatening situation. Deborah Lipsky is a high-functioning individual with autism and her own life-experiences help to illustrate the strategies outlined. Deborah emphasizes the need for routine and ritual and explains what happens when these break down. -- Speech & Language Therapy in Practice
The book is written by Deborah Lipsky, an adult with high-functioning autism, and Will Richards, a psychologist who specializes in autism. Together they provide their personal insights into understanding meltdowns and strategies for responding. It is narrated from Ms. Lipsky's perspective and provides personal accounts resembling Temple Grandin's descriptions of her experiences... One of the strongest contributions of this book is the insight it provides into understanding the emotional experiences of individuals with autism... this is a fast read overall. Anyone working in the field of autism or with a child in the autism spectrum would benefit from understanding the concepts and ideas that are presented. -- Carla Mazefsky, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Excellence in Autism Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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