meltdown behavior - 10 tips to calm your child

Meltdown behavior: 10 tips to Calm Your Child

One of the biggest challenges for many families who have an autistic or special needs child is dealing with a meltdown behavior. “What calming strategies have you found to be successful?” is often a common question. Here are the Top 10 Ways to calm a child having a meltdown:

1. Prevention is the best policy. Learn to identify and avoid meltdown triggers.

2. Do your research —especially if triggers aren’t obvious–to determine what factors were in place that resulted in a meltdown: make a list of things going on before the behavior took a turn for the worse and see if you can find patterns.

3. Use deep pressure including weighted blankets and massage to ease your child back into a calmer state.

4. Create a diversion that will take your child’s attention elsewhere. This could be singing a song, taking a walk, making silly faces, or whatever usually makes your child laugh.

5. Keep yourself calm and seek a calm environment to encourage de-escalation.

6. Aromatherapy can be soothing especially lavender and chamomile oils.

7. Provide positive verbal reinforcements as your child shows signs of calming down.

8. A pop-up tent can be effective in easing your child by providing alone-time. Place soothing objects inside such as a bean bag, soft blanket, a favorite book, etc.

9. A Gluten-Free diet and various biomedical treatments over time may result in a lessening of meltdown tendencies.

10. Consider noise-canceling headphones to eliminate auditory input which can lead to sensory overload.

As an occupational therapist that specializes in sensory integration and behaviors, I am passionate about helping parents with parenting strategies to manage behaviors.  You can have an introductory conversation or book a session with me from my personal page.

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