I recently wrote a blog entry about why losing games can be overwhelming to individuals in the autism spectrum. Now for a few ideas about helping kids gain emotional control. These strategies are one step toward calming and teaching emotional regulation. Consider yourself and your child to be a detective about what helps in what types of situations.
- Catching the Meltdown Before It Happens
It can be helpful to use pictures to help your child identify how he is feeling (e.g., he could point to green for good, yellow could be "watch out, getting stressed" and red could be "feeling completely overwhelmed").
- Using Sensory Strategies for Calming
- Time Out for Calming Instead of Punishment
- Have a Calming Strategy that you Practice Ahead of Time
You will find that thinking about strategy rather than punishment is more effective and comfortable for you and your child!