Dealing with Meltdowns

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!

Eeek! There’s an Aspie In My House!

I have an Aspie in my house! “What’s an Aspie?”, you ask. Well, my 9 year old son, “RoboBoy” has Asperger’s Syndrome. Also known as High Functioning Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder. There is also a 10 year old fashionista. We’ll call her “Fashionista”. There is also a boy who loves to remind me that he will officially be a teen in a few short months, “ManBoy”.

One of my biggest challenges as a homeschool mom is balancing being fair to my two non-Aspie kids with keeping my Aspie son on an even keel to avoid meltdowns. This can be a very fine line to walk! Aspie kids are prone to major meltdowns. Once an Aspie is in full meltdown, it’s almost impossible to reason with them.

I used to think that these meltdowns were a result poor discipline. I broke down sobbing the first time I realized that this is a common symptom for Aspie kids. They don’t know how to express their feelings. This causes them to get so frustrated that they just simply explode emotionally. One of my jobs as his mom is to help him find ways to express his feelings appropriatly. I’ll share in another post some suggested ways to do this.