- “Why are you freaking out?”
- “Calm down.”
- “That child having a tantrum just needs some discipline.”
- “What a brat!”
- “What a weirdo.”
Phrases that are all too often heard when a person on the Autism spectrum has a meltdown. But these aren’t tantrums… they’re often a reaction to being over stimulated by the environment around them.
And meltdowns don’t just affect people on the Autism spectrum. Meltdowns are all too common for children with Sensory Processing Disorder as well.
Here 15 people on the Autism spectrum describe what a meltdown feels like.
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If you are on the autism spectrum, how would you describe what a meltdown feels like?
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- Give Your Child the Tools to Manage Their Own Meltdowns
- No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies
For more reading about Autism:
Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of NeurodiversityUniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing AutismWhat I Mean When I Say I’m Autistic: Unpuzzling a Life on the Autism SpectrumThe Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with AutismThe Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the SpectrumTen Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew