As an autism parent, one of the most challenging things to deal with is when your child has a meltdown. However, you can handle these meltdowns as long as you have a plan in place.

In this video, we learn some helpful tips for handling meltdowns.

Handling SEVERE Autism Meltdowns
By: Our LANDing Crew
Initial Air Date: Apr 28, 2017
Source: YouTube

What We Learned from this Video:

  • Once a meltdown starts, there isn’t much you can do. The best option is to wait it out and minimize damage.
  • Physically restraining the child should only be used as a last resort.
  • The first option is to move the child to a safer area.
  • You can attempt to distract them by having something they like happening in the background, such as a favorite show or movie.
  • Do not try to reason with, explain to or punish your child during the meltdown. Stick to 2 or 3 word phrases.
  • It is important to accept the emotions that the meltdown causes you to feel.

You may not be able to avoid meltdowns, but knowing how to minimize impact and understand the causes is extremely helpful. Be sure to check out our other videos on managing behaviors to learn more.

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