SLP 059: The power of preventative breaks and how you can use them to make a difference



Discussed in this episode

The power of preventative breaks and how you can use them to make a difference.

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Anxiety Can Look Like

  • Avoidance of new situations
  • Preference for sameness
  • Rigidity
  • Insisting on same rules/routines
  • Social withdrawal
  • Anger
  • Meltdowns
  • Repetitive noise, movement or sentence

The Power of Preventative Breaks

  • Students self-regulating their anxiety is a VERY important part of their behaviour management programme.
  • A student being able to request a break before a meltdown is a fantastic strategy.
  • You will need to teach them a range of strategies to calm themselves. When you are teaching them, you will begin to notice which ones are more effective at calming. You can then write social scripts and use visual cards to help them remember what to do when they feel anxious.


Resources discussed in Podcast:

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| by K.I. Al-Ghani | This vibrant, fully illustrated children’s storybook is written for children aged 5+, and is an accessible, fun way to talk about anger, with useful tips about how to Ôtame the red beast and guidance for parents on how anger affects children with Asperger’s Syndrome.

| by Deborah Lipsky | How Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Anxiety, Experience Meltdowns, Manifest Tantrums, and How You Can Intervene Effectively. This is a MUST HAVE book!!

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From breathing exercises, pressure holds and finger pulls, to fidgets, noise-reducing headphones and gum, this book is brimming with fun stuff to help kids feel cool, calm and collected. They will learn how to label difficult feelings, choose the perfect strategies and tools to tackle them, and use these correctly whether at home or at school. The strategies and tools are accompanied by cartoon-style illustrations, and the author includes useful tips for parents and teachers as well as handy visual charts and checklists to track learning and progress. For ages 7-14 years.


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