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Managing the Cycle of Meltdowns for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This hands-on, practical, teacher-friendly approach to preventing as well as responding to the acting-out behaviors of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) includes detailed procedures for general and special education teachers. It is based on the model described in Colvin's bestselling book, "Managing the Cycle of Acting Out Behavior in the Classroom", which presents a 7-step model for confronting challenging behavior in the classroom, from the calm phase to the agitation phase to the deescalation phase. Of special importance in this book is the attention paid to how challenging behaviors of students with ASD are related to the disability, specifically the role of sensory and medical issues. Based on a well-researched model, the methods in this book have been field-tested.
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Foreword by Richard L. SimpsonAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsIntroductionSection I: A Model for Meltdown Behavior of Students With ASD1. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Overview2. The Nature of Meltdowns3. A Six-Phase Model of the Meltdown CycleSection II: Strategies for Managing the Phases of the Meltdown Cycle4. Calm Phase5. Trigger Phase6. Agitation Phase7. Meltdown Phase8. Re-Grouping Phase9. Starting-Over Phase10. The Parent ComponentClosing RemarksAppendicesReferencesIndex

About the Author

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. 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


"This book is a key to keeping autistic meltdowns from taking over a classroom. Practical steps to recognizing, preventing and responding to common phases of meltdown behaviors with autism spectrum disorder students provides a guide that advocates positive behavior support and gives basic keys to achieving these goals." -- Midwest Book Review, October 2012 "As parents of a teenage boy with Autism, we highly recommend this book. Although our son has not had a true meltdown in many years, he still periodically displays the rest of the cycle. We learned from Geoff and Martin's book that what we once regarded as problem behaviors are really very purposeful strategies for achieving his various goals. We wish we'd had this resource 15 years ago! However, we are now better equipped to manage his current needs." -- Greg and Shelley Backstrom, Parents of child with ASD "An indispensable resource for teachers working with students with ASD, this book is informative, useful, easy to follow, and loaded with wisdom on analyzing challenging meltdown behaviors, identifying triggers, and implementing effective interventions." -- Catalina Palfreman, Special Education Teacher "The author clearly explains the process of meltdown prevention and includes tables, lists and charts that summarize important points in the text. These features help teachers encapsulate the information into manageable, memorable bites, and are helpful for analyzing real-life situations." -- Carole S. Campbell, Early Childhood Consultant "This text meets a need for special educators who work with ASD students. The material is useful and easy to navigate. The appendices offered some very concrete examples that are helpful for implementation." -- Mandy Ellis, Special Education Teacher and Learning Intervention Specialist "This how-to book provides a good introduction to the meltdown cycle and strategies anyone can implement. I recommend it as a particularly good resource for administrators and others who have had limited experience with autism." -- Wendy Dallman, Facilitator of New Teacher Mentoring Program "This book provides educators and parents with current research-based strategies for helping to recognize the stages of meltdown in children with ASD and a model for systematic analysis and action. The strategies suggested are comprehensive and sensitive to the diversity of student needs." -- Shannan McNair, Associate Professor

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