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Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.


Stress and anxiety are common in children and youth with high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome and is one of the most frequently observed symptoms 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.

This session will overview the cycle and discuss evidence-based strategies that can be used at each stage. In addition, prevention strategies will be discussed 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.

At the end of the session, attendees will:

  1. Identify the cycle of tantrums, rage, and meltdowns
     
  2. Describe strategies that can be used at each of the three stages
     
  3. Discuss how to avoid the cycle of tantrums, rage, and meltdowns.

Presenter: Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., international speaker and consultant for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, and the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. Brenda has made over 500 presentations all over the world and written more than 150 articles and books on ASD including Asperger’s Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns (with Southwick) and The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated rules in Social Situations.