So just a quick blog to help any parent when dealing with a meltdown. Meltdowns are different to tantrums and anyone with a child on the Autism Spectrum will testify to that. Always seek professional advice before trying these tips.
From my work with ASD children, these 5 ideas can work during a meltdown or help prevent one.
- Wheat, sugar and dairy are three of the most contributing factors to behaviour challenges in children with ASD. For more information on this click here. I went to a talk by a reputable doctor who gave scientific evidence on how wheat and sugar can react in an ASD child’s body, much like alcohol. My recommendation would be to lessen and then remove these key ingredients from your child’s diet and notice the difference. Also, a glass of water goes a long way.
- Aromatherapy, has been around for thousands of years and the two most proven soothing scents are lavender and chamomile. You could carry a small bottle of the scent with you or place some drops on a handkerchief or place in an air or oil diffuser for the home environment.
- Create a diversion, change the scenery, either go back to the car, or go for a walk in a park, sing a song, make a silly face anything that usually gets your child laughing.
- Noise cancelling industrial headphones, works a charm for those who can become over sensitive to noise. And who cares what it looks like, as long as your child is happy.
- Deep pressure, massage or squeezing of arms, legs, bear hugs or a weighted blanket can also help the nervous system to calm down.
I hope that this was helpful to you. And I want to let you know, yes you the reader, to never give up, give yourself a break, you are doing an awesome job and remember the little joys and baby steps.