Meltdowns. We’ve all been there. Our kid is screaming, crying, and rolling around on the ground, and we’re just standing there like a deer in headlights. What do we do?
First of all, it’s important to stay calm. I know that’s easier said than done, but it’s really important. If we get upset, it will only make the meltdown worse. So take a deep breath, remind yourself that this is just a phase, and try to figure out what’s causing the meltdown.
Once you know what’s causing the meltdown, you can try to address it. If your kid is hungry, feed them. If they’re tired, put them to bed. If they’re overstimulated, take them to a quiet place. If they’re just being a pain in the neck, well, there’s not much you can do about that.
One of the best things you can do during a meltdown is to ignore it. I know, that sounds counterintuitive, but it works. When we give in to our kids’ demands during a meltdown, we’re teaching them that meltdowns are an effective way to get what they want. So ignore them. Let them scream and cry until they get tired of it.
Meltdowns can be tough to deal with, but they’re just a phase. With patience and consistency, you can get through them. And in the meantime, try to enjoy the show. Because let’s be honest, meltdowns can be pretty funny sometimes.
And here are a few more tips from a dad’s perspective:
- Learn to laugh at yourself. It’s okay to admit that you’re not perfect, and that you’re going to make mistakes. When you can laugh at yourself, it will make meltdowns a lot less stressful.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re struggling to deal with your child’s meltdowns, talk to your partner, family, friends, or a mental health professional. They can offer you support and guidance.
- Remember that you’re not alone. There are millions of parents of children with autism, and we’re all in this together. There are also many online and in-person support groups available.
So if you’re a Dad of an Aspie, know that you’re not alone. And remember, meltdowns are just a phase. With patience and consistency, you’ll get through them.
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