‘Tis the season for giving and receiving gifts, and here at Project Rex, we want to share one with you: a series of free resources designed specifically for autism and ADHD parents to aid with meltdown management.

Recently, Project Rex clinicians attended a training sponsored by PESI, an organization that provides continuing education to professionals nationwide.

Our presenter was Kathy Kaluza Morris, a special educator and consultant for children with ASD, ADHD, and other developmental disorders. Morris is a parent of adult twin sons with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, and Fragile X Syndrome.

Her presentation was tremendously helpful for us, and we are excited to start implementing new learned techniques. In the new year, we’ll be teaching parents and professionals about effective strategies to help prevent tantrums and meltdowns in kids with ADHD and ASD.

Many of the children we work with are visual learners and respond can well to visual prompts. Check out Kathy Kaluza Morris’s work at igivuWings for some great ideas and free downloads as well.

Free resources available include an emotions chart, a hand washing guide, a positive behavior flip book, a get up and go countdown, and a video about the meltdown cycle and how to build instructional consequences.

Speaking of meltdowns, do you need some practical tips for what to do when they happen in your family? Then you’ll want to check out a new free resource from FirstPath Autism.

FirstPath provides online ABA therapy support, and they currently offer a complimentary guide for autism parents titled 10 Tips for Managing a Meltdown by Amalie D. Holly, Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Finally, we wish you and yours a very happy holiday season! If you need a lift today, give yourself the gift of this quick, heart-warming video of Santa comforting a 6-year-old boy on the spectrum.

Landon was worried that his autism might put him on the “naughty list”, but the wise Santa said, “It’s okay to be yourself.” We couldn’t agree more.

~ The Project Rex team