By Brigitte Shipman
In this week's highly informative episode, I interview Dr. Jed Baker who is a clinical psychologist and director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems.
Dr. Baker is an award-winning author of eight books including The Social Skills Picture Book, The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond, and No More Meltdowns. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.
Dr. Baker shares his story of how The Social Skills Picture Book came to be and why it was so effective in helping children with autism do better in different social situations and how you can create your own picture book to help your children.
Dr. Baker offers 3 steps to tackling meltdowns which include 3 categories of calming distracters and 7 categories of triggers that can cause meltdowns. These categories can provide a map for you in handling your child's meltdowns more effectively by understanding why the meltdowns are happening in the first place.
He also discusses how to set the right mind-frame for your children about learning and making mistakes and how to make it easier for them to tackle difficult tasks by using the 80/20 rule to build confidence.
Dr. Baker and I also talk about how to handle anxiety and stress we are experiencing during this COVID19 pandemic.
Tune in to this useful episode and learn how to help your children more effectively.
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