FAMILY EVENT: Anatomy of a Meltdown

Workshop, Family Event
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William F Gurrie Middle School

1001 S Spring Ave
La Grange, IL 60525
United States

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
5:30 PM 0 6:00 PM

It’s easy to get overwhelmed, frustrated and even angry when your child is having a meltdown.  This experience is hard for both the person having the meltdown, as well as for anyone present at the time.  In this workshop, we will begin with a brief review of the stress response system and an introduction to sensory processing.  Building on this information, participants will learn what happens to the body when feeling overwhelmed, under attack, hijacked and helpless.  Three distinct stages of a meltdown will be described and discussed beginning with the identification of some triggers, signs and symptoms that may indicate a meltdown is starting.  Appropriate prevention and intervention strategies at each stage will be provided and discussed. By understanding the anatomy of a meltdown everyone who cares for and/or works with children with these types of challenges will be better equipped to offer help and support during these difficult times. 



** This event is being presented thanks to a generous grant from the TJ Maxx Foundation. No CEs will be provided for attending. **

Learner objectives

Participants attending this webinar will be able to:   

1.         Learn the differences between a tantrum and a meltdown

2.         Describe the stress response system

3.         Recognize sensory processing challenges

4.        List some triggers, signs and symptoms that occur at the beginning of a meltdown

5.        Explain the three stages of a meltdown

6.        Describe what happens to the body during a meltdown

7.        Design prevention and intervention strategies appropriate at each stage of  a meltdown

Intended audience
Family Educator, Family Member
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