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Module 1 - Supporting Autistic People with Meltdowns and Shutdowns

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Module 1: Supporting Autistic People with Meltdowns and Shutdowns

Duration: 1 day (9.30am to 4pm)

Next date: Tuesday 14th May

If you would like us to run this programme within your organisation, please email your request to


  • Provide an insight into autistic people’s experience of anxiety, meltdowns and shutdowns.
  • Provide tools and strategies to support autistic people with meltdowns and shutdowns.

Target Audience

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Target Audience:

  • Mental health workers, Support workers, Hospital staff etc. who support autistic people with or without a learning disability.
  • Participants must already have a good understanding of Autism – such as, completed Tier 2 Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism, or equivalent.
  • Participants must have a general understanding of mental health problems or mental ill health 

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify a meltdown or shutdown.
  • Identify causes and functions of a meltdown or shutdown.
  • Apply acceptable language to behaviour.
  • Use tools to measure mood baseline and variation.
  • Employ preventative, positive and reactive strategies to meltdowns and shutdowns.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of strategies and incorporate improvements in planning for the future.


  • Causes of anxiety in autistic people.
  • Understanding masking & autistic burnout.
  • What is stimming.
  • What is a meltdown or shutdown.
  • Identifying meltdowns and shutdowns
  • What language to use and the impact of language.
  • How can we use tools to establish a mood baseline and identify early signs of a potential crisis? 
  • What strategies can we use to prevent, manage, and deescalate meltdowns and shutdowns.
  • How to support someone after a meltdown or shutdown.

Booking this course

Our courses are free of charge to learners working in not-for-profit organisations in London boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark and available for a fee to all other learners.   Please click the relevant booking link below.

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Not for profit organisations in Lambeth, Lewisham or Southwark and SLaM NHS or GSTT NHS staff

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All other learners

On booking a place on this training programme, you will be directed to Estia Oracle, our new virtual learning environment where you can access workshop information, learning materials and resources.  If you would like to book multiple places for this course please email 


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