Is it just a tantrum or is it a meltdown? This is probably one of the most popular searches or hits for my blog. When it comes to Autism, self regulation and figuring out the triggers are major challenges for the whole family. The OT that works with my son and consults with the teachers likes to use this analogy to explain what a child who is Autistic could be experiencing at school.
“Imagine you are at Walmart shopping on a Saturday afternoon around 2pm and the store is super busy. Announcement after announcement over the PA, people arguing, children arguing, babies crying, kids laughing, and all you want to do is leave but there is a super long lineup and you just want to buy the stuff you spent so much time looking for and you don’t want to leave without what you came for so you try to endure. But enduring is so very hard as your anxiety increases and no one understands how you feel.”
So next time you are out shopping and a child starts losing it in the check out line….think about this diagram and the questions in it and then come to an understanding conclusion.
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