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The Meltdown Series

Are meltdowns becoming a permanent part of your

family or classroom life? Or perhaps they are a defining

pattern in the life of someone you love?

Meltdowns are a complex bodily response that occur when the brain is not coping, often due to sensory overload, emotional dis-regulation or other processing difficulties. 

They are always triggered by something – meltdowns never occur for no reason – so it is imperative that you understand exactly what a meltdown is, and what the triggers are before you can most effectively manage them.

This three part course will give you a comprehensive look into what meltdowns actually are, how and why they occur in cycles and exactly what you can do to manage the meltdown cycle. 

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In this three part video series we cover:


[Video 1] The Physiology of Meltdowns 

  • The sensory systems and sensory processing
  • What happens in the brain when it is overloaded
  • How overload relates to anxiety
  • What happens in the body when anxiety is triggered
  • The fight or flight response
  • What meltdowns look like
  • How meltdowns differ from tantrums

[Video 2] The Meltdown Cycle

  • The three main stages of the meltdown cycle
  • Why our main focus for intervention needs to shift
  • How to better support adult meltdowns
  • What to aim for in meltdown management
  • What happens when we prevent meltdowns
  • How to comfort after a meltdown
  • The importance of an expressive outlet

[Video 3] How to Manage Meltdowns

  • What sensory management is
  • How to reduce the sensory impact of our environments
  • Sensory input and how it can be used to help maintain calm
  • What makes the brain happy
  • How to use music in a way that helps our brains function at their best
  • Mindfulness
  • The benefits of breathing and chanting
  • The importance of our internal dialogue and how to use it
  • How to create a life-line away from the tightrope

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