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How to Calm a Child With Autism

Techniques for avoiding and managing meltdowns

In this article Lisa Jo Rudy states that Children with autism can have a tough time managing their behavior. Even high-functioning children may having a “have a meltdown” in circumstances that would only be slightly difficult for a normal peer.
Children with more serious symptoms can get very upset on a regular basis. Meltdowns and anxiety will make it very difficult to engage in normal tasks or, in some serious situations, even to leave the home.
It’s not always easy to relax a child with autism, but there are strategies that can be effective. Some need a little extra equipment that provides sensory relief. Many of these things may be found in school or neighborhood environments. If they perform well, their weight in gold is worth it.


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