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No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior [Paperback]

by Jed Baker
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Book Description

April 1, 2008 1932565620 978-1932565621 1
It could happen at the grocery store. At a restaurant. At school. At home. Meltdowns are stressful for both child and adult, but Dr. Baker can help! Author of the award-winning Social Skills Picture Book series, Dr. Jed Baker offers parents and teachers strategies for preventing and managing meltdowns. His 20+ years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum, combined with his personal experiences raising his own children, have yielded time-tested strategies, and results! Dr. Baker offers an easy-to-follow, 4-step model that will improve your everyday relationships with the children in your life: 1) Managing your own emotions by adjusting your expectations, 2) Learning strategies to calm a meltdown in the moment, 3) Understanding why a meltdown occurs, and 4) Creating plans to prevent future meltdowns.
Helpful chapters include:
  • Meltdowns: When rewards and punishments are not enough
  • What are meltdowns made of?
  • Accepting and appreciating our children
  • De-escalating a meltdown
  • Understanding why repeat problems occur
  • Creating a prevention plan
  • Demands
  • Waiting
  • Threats to self-image
  • Unmet wishes for attention


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Editorial Reviews


"Jed Baker, in this excellent book, gives us the tools to deal with and prevent out-of-control behavior. Wisely, he leads us grown-ups to understand how to change our own behavior in order to help our children change theirs." -- Carol Stock Kranowitz "Author of best-seller The Out-of-Sync Child"

About the Author

Jed Baker, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with over 12 years experience leading theraputic groups with children, adults and families. He is a behavioral consultant for several New Jersey school systems, providing social skills training for students with pervasive developmental disorders and learning disabilities. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training throughout the Northeast on social skills training for individuals with Asperger Sydrome and related pervasive developmental disorders.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons; 1 edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932565620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932565621
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book!!! May 3, 2008
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This is an amazing book! I have a six year old daughter with Autism who has major meltdowns and I've read and tried everything under the sun with no success. That all changed when we implemented the ideas in Jed Baker's book. It is a quick read loaded with proven techniques for managing many behavior problems. So many books I've read in the past provide you with theories that are not so easy to implement. This book gives you step-by-step instructions for improving countless behavior problems. If you are struggling with meltdowns, do yourself a favor and purchase this book, it truly is the answer you've been looking for!
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You! May 4, 2008
What a wonderful book! It's an easy to understand and follow approach that made my wife and I not only focus on our child's behaviors in a more constructive way, but also on our own. We only just got this book a short time ago, and the early implementation of it's teachings has already significantly reduced our son's "outbursts" and those that remain are short lived and becoming less and less frequent. We are happier parents and our son is a happier boy for having been exposed to this book.

If you are a parent with similar circumstances---or if you are a mental care professional, this is a book that can improve your life!

Thanks Dr. Baker.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource For Parents and Teachers!!!! April 26, 2008
Jed Baker presents a wonderful PRACTICAL approach to managing those "melting moments". As a professional and a parent, I have found this book, as well as his others, to be utterly indispensible. Dr. Baker presents clear ways for parents and professionals to help children in the "falling apart moment" - rather than engaging in power struggles. This one should definitely be on your shelf!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No More Meltdowns July 8, 2009
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Absolutely the best book written by anyone on how to cope appropriately with childrens' emotional/behavioral meltdowns! Dr. Backer is a highly qualified and experienced psychologist and parent whose book helps parents and teachers to distinguish between tantrums and meltdowns. He gives simple descriptions and examples to help adults understand the situations in which a child's meltdowns occur and how they may not only handle the child's behavior but also foresee such behavior occurring in the future and plan how to prevent and/or appropriately and successfully handle these events. The author also provides forms which may be copied to guide and assist parents and teachers. As a clinical child psychologist myself I highly recommend this book for all parents and teachers and particularly for parents and teachers of vulnerable children e.g. ADHD, Asperger's, PDD NOS, and others on the autistic spectrum.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lee
Do any of these sound familiar: Regular morning temper tantrums over getting ready for school or getting out to the bus in time? A meltdown over not not wanting to try a new food? Or about being told "no" they can't do something they particulary want to do right then? Or about going to bed when they are supposed to?

There's countless other types of "meltdowns" that this book provides specific, easy to understand strategies for handling and preventing that will be helpful to any parent that faces them regularly.

The book starts by helping you identify what triggers the specific type of meltdown - a demand that's not being met, not wanting to wait for gratification, threats to self image or unmet wishes or demands for attention. Within those, it goes on to give the specific examples of meltdowns with a case study, ideas for changing the trigger, strategies fo defusing the situation immediately, and ways to prevent it from happening again.

Bottom Line: An easy to read, easy to to follow guide to help you understand, defuse and prevent virtually any type of meltdown your child may do regularly.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best possible resource for child behavior!! July 17, 2009
Almost one year ago my daughter was diag. the Asperger Syndrome. After numerous books and therapies I found Jed Baker's bookS. A salvation for our family. First this book gave me insight into why the behaviors happened and the ability understand to adjust the behaviors. Then Jed Bakers Social Story Picture Book helped my daughter understand (non-critical) why not to act certain ways in a very fun way. THE BEST BOOK I EVER PURCHASED. THANK YOU JED BAKER!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Information May 26, 2009
No More Meltdowns is a good resourse for teachers and parents. This is help for those at a loss for WHY something may be triggering a tantrum or meltdown with a child and ways to avoid the triggers. When you avoid a trigger, the child gets a chance to have an experience without a meltdown and one less meltdown/tantrum is worth the price of the book in my humble opinion.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for parents!!!! May 5, 2008
This is a quick read that gives you simple advice for raising kids. I could use most of the ideas immediately. I love that the methods respect the child's AND the adult's needs. Highly recommend!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I work with children with behavior problems and implemented somr of the ideas and so far they have helped. Good book and easy read.
Published 2 days ago by Michelle Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable source for parents
This book is an excellent soucre for learning tools /techniques for working with melt-down prone children, and later for working with adults prone to melt-downs.
Published 20 days ago by Janet P. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
We'll structured and provide real life example that are similar to some of our incidents with our kids! We like it after our son therapist recommended it
Published 1 month ago by maracadu
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
I started reading this and it makes sense. Im hopeing some of the techniques will work for my son. i would recommend it to someone who has a lot of issues with meltdowns.
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Palacio
5.0 out of 5 stars Teacher
Good book. Not really life changing but it would be great to send home with parents. This is also a good book for new teachers or classroom aides to front load some information to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by P.L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Very practical, useful advice
This is one of the most helpful books I've read on out-of-control behavior. It clearly talks about how to manage and prevent meltdowns in a respectful, loving way.
Published 3 months ago by Artemus Archer
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative yet slightly redundant
The strategies are excellent, but the chapter formatting is a little redundant, where strategies overlap. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Hirsch
3.0 out of 5 stars Like what i have read so far.
I have not read the whole book yet.but i like what i have read so far. I am a very busy person.
Published 4 months ago by Kim Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars I needed this information
I thought I had read almost ever book about dealing with defiant behavior and meltdowns and felt defeated because nothing was working. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Still reading but a bery interesting book.
I wish I would have had this book 10 years ago. I would have dealt with my sons meltdowns a lot differently. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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