Three Simple Strategies for Comforting a Child Having a MeltdownAllison Espiritu
When you have a child on the autism spectrum, public meltdowns can sometimes happen. And when they do arise, it’s important to know how to help comfort your child and help them cope with this very unpleasant loss of control.
Watch this reenactment of a child on the spectrum and how a brush of the arm or a loud noise can trigger a meltdown. In this fictional story, the child’s occupational therapist gives his mom three tips on how to calm a meltdown that takes place in public.
While everyone with autism is different and different things can work for different people, these tips are, in general, helpful for many on the spectrum.
Parents also need to understand that meltdowns are not their or their child’s fault—these things just happen sometimes. Parents simply need to help their children cope with what may come when they are out in public and how to effectively calm them down.
Knowledge is power!