Managing emotions can be difficult for us all at times of stress. For those with communication difficulties, communicating and managing emotions is even more difficult. The child/young person may demonstrate behaviours of concern when unable to express their worries, fear or confusion.
Having access to a quiet area will enable a young person to take a calming break when they are feeling overwhelmed. This may be a particular chair or floor beanbag, or a younger child may prefer a pop-up tent filled with squashy cushions.
Going for a walk or doing some exercise at home can also help.
Managing Meltdowns at Home
Why do meltdowns occur?
Think of behaviour like an iceberg. The tip of the iceberg represents the behaviour that we see, the hitting out, kicking, shouting. The part of the iceberg which is below the surface of the water represents some of the reasons which might help explain the behaviour.
It is possible to implement strategies to PREVENT these behaviours occurring in the first instance. Strategies such as visual timetables, sensory breaks and exercise will help
However, sometimes it will be necessary to implement strategies when the child is heading for a meltdown.
During the build up
During the meltdown
After the meltdown