Working with Autism Hippie: Session #1 – Meltdowns

I have had the pleasure to video consult with Dancing with Autism – you can read about Lilia’s progress in this wonderful update written by her mother.

The holiday season is so busy for everyone. I am not scheduling training webinars until January. If you would like information about the webinar series, please message me your email address. I will add you to the Autism Hippie email list.

Also, go ‘Like’ Dancing with Autism to follow our progress!!

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So I’ve been speaking with Autism Hippie…. because she’s intelligent, funny, and has a boat load of autism experience. She’s trained in several different therapeutic teaching strategies, including RDI – we’ve been doing a lot of RDI, floor-time/play therapy at our house since Lila was 15 months old, and it has worked wonders so far.

For this first installment, we focused on how to handle meltdowns.

Autism Hippie has two wonderful blogs about meltdowns, located here:

https://autismhippie.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/meltdowns/

AND here:

https://autismhippie.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/behavioral-meltdowns/

Autism Hippie’s advice included the following:

  • Set up a predictable framework for meltdowns – always act the exact same way, every single time.
  • Breathe slowly and stay calm, keep saying the same things over and over (you can even use a sing song voice – which we did).
  • STAY CALM. I just said it but it warrants repeating, this is incredibly important. The more worked up SHE gets, the calmer…

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