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Webinar – “Anatomy of a Meltdown”


Tuesday, October 18, 2022    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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A free webinar for parents/caregivers to provide insight and tools to better identify the stages, triggers and strategies that can help during meltdowns

Illinois STAR NET Northern Region II’s Fall Family Webinar Series continues with “Anatomy of a Meltdown” on Oct. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed, frustrated and even angry when a 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.

Understanding the anatomy of a meltdown can help anyone who cares for children to be better equipped to offer help and support during these difficult times.

Presenter Jennifer Rosinia will begin with a review of the stress response system and sensory processing. Building on this information, participants will learn what happens to the body when feeling overwhelmed, under attack, hijacked and helpless.

She will also discuss and describe the three distinct stages of a meltdown and how to identify some triggers, signs and symptoms that may indicate a meltdown is starting. Participants will also learn how to:

  • Know the difference between a tantrum and a meltdown
  • Recognize sensory processing challenges
  • List some triggers, signs and symptoms that occur at the beginning of a meltdown
  • Design prevention and intervention strategies appropriate at each stage of a meltdown
  • Identify specific diagnoses that are prone to having meltdowns

See the webinar series flyer for more details.

Sign up online to attend. You must register by Oct. 16.

There are two remaining Fall Family Webinars:

  • “Understanding Exposures and Extinction Learning in Selective Mutism” on Nov. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • “Transforming Aggressive Behaviors [Conscious Discipline]” on  Dec. 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.