1. Provide the person with a quite safe place- if possible when the person is in meltdown, try to move them into a quite environment. This environment should have low lights and no sound, with Minimum stimulation as possible.
2. Sensory- most Autistics struggle with sensory Processing Difficulties, this means the sensory system doesn’t process environmental stimulation or any stimulation correctly. The signals get confused, and backed up like a sensory traffic jam. Having a sensory kit (bag will tools in) can help to calm and support sensory overload. This kit will be personal to each child, as what works for one child might not for another. This is what works in our family. Ear defenders, Chewigem blanket, Chewigem chew straps, bubbles, favourite teddy, quite room.
3. Give the person time- please make sure you give the person lots of space and time, once they calm down don’t but demands and communicate lots. The person’s system could easy overload again.
4. Remove all demands- make sure all tasks and demands are removed during meltdown, the person will not be able to meet demands or process any tasks or demands. Really important this is done.
5. Reduce all interaction- when a person is in meltdown it means their mind is totally overloaded, so communicating with them will further overload. As communication has to be processed, so stay quite and keep communication to a minimum.
6. Meltdowns are out of the person’s control- please remember meltdowns are not intentional the person will feel scared, and in lots of pain. Please be patient and kind.
Girls Autistic Journey~