Steps to Handle Meltdown in children with Autism Spectrum disorders(ASD)

What is a meltdown?

A meltdown is an intense response to overwhelming circumstances — a complete loss of behavioral control. People with autism often have difficulty expressing when they are feeling overly anxious or overwhelmed, which leads to an involuntary coping mechanism — a meltdown in which the person temporarily loses control of their behaviour.

Common meltdown warning signs in children with autism are:-

A) Physical signs of anxiety or confusion, such as fretting(visibly anxious), restlessness, or stimming(self-stimulatory behavior).

Stages of meltdown (pattern occurring before, during & after a meltdown)

What You Can Do in a Meltdown

Remember this key element, you cannot avoid meltdowns entirely. As a parent, your first goal is to remain calm and keep yourself & your loved ones safe.

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Abhipsa Parida

Abhipsa Parida


My name is Abhipsa Parida. I am an occupational therapist and I have been handling kids with special needs since 6 years. I run my own clinic in Bhubaneswar