Why a #meltdown kept my son home from school today

Emmett was in rare form this morning. He began melting down the moment he woke up. I’d say he woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but I don’t think it was that simple. 

I’ve spoken many times about my understanding of Emmett and meltdowns. 

Emmett is extremely sensory driven, very easily overstimulated. He spends a good deal of time, looking for stimulation his body needs to know where he physically exists in time and space. 



It appears that Emmett had a really good time at the zoo yesterday, with his school. It also appears to have drained his resources. When his resources are drained, he doesn’t cope well with anything, and today was one of those days. 
As far as Emmett is concerned, his day was shot before it began. 

We worked with him all morning, and here are a few things we tried:

  1. Deep pressure
  2. Brushing
  3. Ferrets
  4. Tight hugs
  5. Reasoning (which is pointless during a meltdown) 
  6. Redirection 
  7. Removing him from the immediate environment that was causing him distress

Unfortunately, nothing worked. Frankly, when a child with Autism is in the midst of a meltdown, there’s very little you can do, aside from hunker down and ride it out. 



Emmett was very much over the edge this morning. He was so far over the edge in fact, we couldn’t even see the edge in the rear view. 

He ended up missing school because he was so upset, he’d made himself sick. 

I can only speculate as to the cause, because there are simply too many possibilities. I do think it was likely fallout from his field trip yesterday. He may also be entering a fever cycle as well. We’ll see this kind of thing when a flare is imminent. 

Read This  Sometimes Mom's need to be a little selfish

Punishing him for this is wrong. Punishing any child with Autism for having a meltdown is wrong. These are involuntary acts, meaning the child in question has absolutely no control. Not to be confused with a tantrum, which is all about manipulation. 

For the most part, Emmett’s feeling better but it’s still been a difficult day. 

4
Leave a Reply (Login to the site or comment as a guest)

Please Login to comment
avatar
2 Comment threads
2 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
2 Comment authors
Rob GorskiJimmy RockRob Gorski Recent comment authors

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Jimmy Rock
Guest
Jimmy Rock

It seems that this post was written directly in response to my earlier comments, so thanks for that. I definitely don’t have a magic bullet solution, but I do have a different spin on this. You list all the things you tried during the meltdown, but then stated that there’s little anyone can do during an autistic child’s meltdown but ride it out. You even listed as one of the things you tried was reasoning with him, which you noted was pointless during a meltdown. It’s been my experience that if any of all those things you listed don’t do… Read more »

Jimmy Rock
Guest
Jimmy Rock

It seems that this post was written directly in response to my earlier comments, so thanks for that. I definitely don’t have a magic bullet solution, but I do have a different spin on this. You list all the things you tried during the meltdown, but then stated that there’s little anyone can do during an autistic child’s meltdown but ride it out. You even listed as one of the things you tried was reasoning with him, which you noted was pointless during a meltdown. It’s been my experience that if any of all those things you listed don’t do… Read more »