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Meltdowns in public places

How to manage ADHD Meltdowns in public places

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Meltdowns in public places

  1. 1. MY 4 STEP PLAN FOR MANAGING MELTDOWNS IN PUBLIC PLACES
  2. 2. STEP 1: PREPARING FOR MELTDOWNS  Accept the inevitability of meltdowns  Learn what the signs are  Talk about situations that could cause frustration – action plan  Set expectations before trips to public places
  3. 3. STEP 2: WHEN A MELTDOWN HAPPENS  Stop and focus  Redirect attention – distract, divert  Ask other people to stay away  Move child to a safe spot  Don’t reason, don’t shout  Stay as calm as possible
  4. 4. STEP 3: ASK FOR HELP  Tell bystanders what’s going on  Ask them for help – moving dangerous objects etc  Be prepared to physically remove your child from the area  In extreme circumstances ask bystanders to call the police
  5. 5. STEP 4: THE AFTERMATH  Let your child calm down completely  Talk about what happened  Ask what could be done better next time  Forgive and forget  Hug and a kiss

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