One of the biggest challenges for many families is dealing with meltdown behavior. “What calming methods have you found successful?” is often a common question. Below are the top 10 ways we have learned to calm your child during a meltdown.
Top 10 ways to calm a child having a meltdown
1. First, prevention is the best policy. Learn to identify and avoid triggers.
2. Secondly, 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. Next, use deep pressure, including weighted blankets and massage, to ease your child into a calmer state.
4. Fourthly, 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. Additionally, keep yourself calm and seek a calm environment to encourage de-escalation.
6. Also, aromatherapy can be calming, especially lavender and chamomile oils.
7. Provide positive verbal reinforcements as your child shows signs of calming down.
8. A pop-up tent can ease your child through alone time. Place soothing objects inside, such as a bean bag, a soft blanket, a favorite book, etc.
9. A Gluten-Free diet over time may result in reducing meltdown tendencies.
10. Lastly, consider noise-canceling headphones to lessen noise, which can lead to sensory overload.
Finally, consult your doctor if your child’s behaviors are becoming an issue.
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