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High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments

High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments

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High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments
Practical Solutions for Reducing Meltdowns

Learn how to stop a meltdown! This book offers tried-and-true solutions to minimize and circumvent the often frightening circumstances that surround the cycle of meltdowns, not only for the child with autism, but others in the environment as well. A highly practical and user-friendly resource, High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Meltdowns (3rd edition) describes the three-stage cycle of a meltdown and identifies the evidence-based strategies that should be used at each stage. In addition, this book outlines how to prevent the occurrence of meltdowns through instruction, interpretation, and coaching. Thus, the authors of this very practical book take the reader through the stages of the cycle and emphasize the importance of utilizing systematic instruction and teachable moments before and after a meltdown. The book emphasizes that (a) meltdowns are not purposeful and (b) instruction is needed in order for them to stop and provides practical steps to complete this journey successfully.


Brenda Smith Myles, PhD, a consultant with the Ziggurat Group and AAPC President, 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 1500 presentations all over the world and written more than 250 articles and books on ASD. In addition, she served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee; and collaborated with the National Professional Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, National Autism Center, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who identified evidenced-based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research (SCORE) and ASTEP Asperger Syndrome Training and Education Program. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.

Ruth Aspy, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice with the Ziggurat Group. Dr. Aspy specializes in assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. She is co-creator of a comprehensive model of intervention. Along with Dr. Barry Grossman, Dr. Aspy has written The Ziggurat Model, winner of the ASA Literary Award of the Year. Dr. Aspy speaks internationally and has experience in clinic and school settings. Aspy and Grossman have co-authored with two colleagues, FBA to Z: Functional Behavior and Intervention Plans for Individuals with ASD.

ISBN: 9781942197249

Reviews (1)

LENEXA, Kansas
August 18 2016
Though this book has a similar title to another book written by Brenda Smith Miles (Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments) this new book has a somewhat different slant. It is written with the idea that the underlying emotional dysregulation, based in brain differences, is key to understanding meltdowns. Though the authors offer many of the same strategies as in the previous book, there are newer ones as well, geared to developing more positive behaviors, self-esteem and self-regulation for people with high functioning ASD. I recommend it highly and have used it with some of my own patients.
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