There isn’t anything I know of that can prepare some for the reality of Autism related Meltdowns. They’re awful for everyone involved, especially the person physically experiencing one.
At this point in time, Emmett is the defacto meltdown maker in our house. Gavin’s making a comeback and that’s incredibly unfortunate because he presents with many safety issues.
Emmett is having another meltdown right now. It began the moment he climbed into the car and has continued since we’ve been home. Lizze has tagged in and taken over so I can collect myself before re-engaging.
I don’t know what really triggered this. It could simply be that his day has taken a great deal out of him. It could be sensory overload or nothing at all. Meltdowns are the bodies way of purging, when someone like Emmett, lacks the ability for self-regulation. Meltdowns are synonymous with Autism, at least in most people’s minds and they are absolutely not the result of a spoiled child.
While it’s not Emmett’s fault, the impact of a meltdown on everyone else around him is significant. Emmett is easy to love but Meltdowns are hard to deal with.
All we can do is help him work through whatever it is that has him so out of sorts or overwhelmed. If we discover the root cause of a meltdown, we can try and address the problem and hopefully prevent it from triggering another.