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Name: liz.bailey86
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Hello! My son is 33 months old and was just diagnosed with autism about 2 months ago. it was not a complete shock to me. he has been undergoing therapy since last year but took us a while to get him into a developmental pediatrician. it has been very difficult for me as i am a stay at home mom and i also have two other children. the hardest part for me is when my son has his melt downs, when he has them, he does anything from scream to throw himself on the floor to hitting and biting and head banging. at times it is very difficult to get him to recover from these melt downs. we are in the process of getting him long term care and he will also start with the school district in November. but i need some advice to help me deal with these melt downs... some people in my family think all he needs is a good spanking but i do not agree with this. does anyone have any advice that would help me? i would greatly appreciate it!
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Name: karloff13 | Date: Aug 26th, 2012 12:03 AM
Hi liz.bailey86, your son sounds a lot like mine. I was having the same trouble with the meltdowns, my son has been diagnosed with hfa and spd. He is 3 1/2 now. The advice I can give you is to deal with the sensory issues through a sensory diet, a great book to read is "The out-of-sync child". It explains step by step how to recognize these problems in your child specifically. I can tell you that once I got my son's sensory issues under control, in his case he's a "seeker", the meltdowns have abated, and are now without harm to himself or others. My son did all the things you mentioned the biting, hitting, throwing, screaming, once these sensory needs are met, you can begin to teach them acceptable alternative behavoirs when overwhelmed. It is a process and takes time, and needs to evolve through trial and error. You are right, he does not need a spanking, that's the last thing you want to do, your son will not connect the spanking with his behavoir and that would only teach him that violence is ok. If you haven't already, take the time to write down your observations on the meltdowns, what was happening beforehand, also things he likes, tight hugs, crunchy foods, pressure on his head, etc. Get the book and read it, it looks like a lot of info, but it is broken down into simple chapters and examples. You are a good mom by even asking for advice and help, you are doing all the right steps for your child, you are not alone. I hope this message finds you and yours well. Be safe. 

Name: Grandma Karen | Date: Jan 13th, 2013 8:59 PM
My seriously autistic grandson seemed to need me to witness his meltdowns. One bad day he was hitting, biting himself, and sreaming and crying. I told him that Grandma could not longer bear to see him behave thqt way and left the room. He stopped the tantrum, came to th room I was in, sat down and began th tantrum again. I moved again, he did also, two more times before giving up on having a meltdown in front of me. Good luck, as the meltdowns really do hurt his grandmother guardian.
Grandma Karen 

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