Just this morning I was perusing this site: http://www.autismsupportnetwork.com/. Great place to learn more about Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. There was a video featured on this site that caught my eye. It was part of a slide show and was labeled, “How to prevent meltdowns & tantrums”. Wow! Now that’s something I needed to look into!
These are pretty basic things that most parent’s of ASD children have already learned to do. However, it can be good to be reminded of them.
Some of the suggestions are:
- Have a plan for helping the child calm down.
- Provide pictures of different emotions such as happy, sad, angry and such. Teach your child to use these pictures to express what he is feeling.
- Help your child learn to rank the intensity of his emotion say 1-10.
Here is a link for some videos on YouTube on this subject: http://www.youtube.com/user/ASDspecialist#p/u/6/mxKkCELtW9k.
Hmmm, maybe I can use some of these techniques on myself!