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Title of the resource
‘Meltdowns’, surveillance and managing emotions; going out with children with autism
Who am I?
Teacher, Parent, Care giver
Type of the resource
Mainstream publication, Website
Languages available
English
Country of implementation
USA
Type of access
Free
Main description
The qualitative study from which the data reported here are taken, explored the experiences, support and information needs of parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. 46 parents were interviewed either individually or in couples. Thematic analysis of the data revealed the complexity involved for the parents in taking their children out in public places. The emotion work parents conduct in public places both to make their children more acceptable within the space and to reduce the discomfort that others experience, helps to preserve the orderliness of public places. However, the special competence that parents developed over time also masks their turbulent feelings in public encounters.
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Type of setting
Mainstream school, Specialized school, Care centre, Home environment, Controlled environment (therapy room/sensory room/specialized lab)
Type of challenge addressed
Anxiety, Frustration, Communication, Sensory needs, Concentration, Challenging behaviour, Hyperactivity, Prerumble and Meltdown moments

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