Understanding and supporting melt-downs and close-downs

Who is this training for?

Anyone with an interest in supporting people with autism, this may include teachers and educational professionals, social workers, parents, social care professionals, allied health professionals, trainers.

How will I learn, what support is there?

This course is delivered using a combination of delivery methods including: Classroom based teaching, practical activities, handouts, discussions, audio/ visual.

*Additional 1:1 support is available following the course at individual request.

What will I learn?

This can be a standalone talk or delivered following the course: A holistic approach to autism and supporting behaviour that challenges.

This course looks at what contributes to melt-downs and close-downs, and how they differ from tantrums. It explores what you may see at each stage and practical strategies to support the individual with autism.

By the end of this course learners should be able to:

  • Recognise the difference between a tantrum, a melt-down and a close-down
  • Identify factors that contribute to melt-downs and close-downs
  • Recognise the common stages and patterns of melt-downs and close-downs
  • Discuss a range of strategies which can be used at each stage of a melt-down or close-down
  • Recognise the impact of melt-downs and close-downs on parents, carers and professionals
  • Compile a behaviour escalation chart, with identifiable triggers, calmers and supportive interventions

How much will it cost and what is included in the price?

All of our course provide handouts, worksheets and certificates of attendance.

Please contact us directly for a bespoke quote based upon your organisations needs.

Course length

The course runs from 9.30am, we aim to finish by 3.30pm

Extra Information

This course can be delivered within organisations. Please use the make an enquiry section for a personalised quote.

In addition to this, further practical work based consultation and training is available. This can be based around specific individuals or situations that you are experiencing in your service. Again, call us or use the make an enquiry section of the website to find out more.

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1 day

Delivery Method

We will deliver this course within your own setting, or can manage the whole day off-site

Course Trainer

Geoff Evans


Prices available on request

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