Each year, AARC invites a nationally recognized speaker to share their message in at least two rural Alaskan locations. In 2019, AARC is excited to welcome Dr. Brenda Smith Myles to Alaska! This year, we are also thrilled to announce that each of her presentations will be available to all Alaskans via live, interactive video-stream online via BlueJeans!
"Self-Regulation, Meltdowns, and Sensory Challenges"
Stress, anxiety, and sensory challenges are common in children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and is one of the most frequently observed behaviors in these individuals. The stress experienced by individuals with ASD may manifest itself in many ways, but it sometimes leads to meltdowns. This escalating sequence seems to follow a three-stage cycle: (a) rumbling, (b) rage, and (c) recovery. This sequence can be problematic as many children and youth with ASD often endure the cycle unaware that they are under stress. Because of the combination of innate stress and anxiety and the difficulty that children and youth with ASD have in understanding how they feel, it is important that those who work and live with them understand the cycle of tantrums, rage, and meltdowns as well as interventions that can be used during this cycle. This session will review the cycle of t meltdowns; interventions that can be used during the cycle; and ways to prevent its occurrence.
At the end the sessions, participants will be able to:
Describe the cycle of tantrums, rage, and meltdowns
Identify interventions that can be use at each stage of the cycle
Discuss ways to prevent the cycle from occurring