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Navigating the Storm: Understanding and Supporting Children with Special Needs Through Meltdowns

Watching your child have a meltdown can leave you with a mix of emotions. Frustration, embarrassment, grief, and feeling completely helpless are just a few that come to mind.

In response to a viewer, I felt to share some experiences I had with what worked. I don't think there is just one right answer, because each child is so different especially in what their triggers and fears are. In the therapy world there are so many competing psychological theories that it can overwhelm parents.

I believe that parents know their child the best. Research, gather as much information and help as possible, keep what works and discard the rest.

The most healing moment came was when I let go of expectations...from family, society and what I imagined my child should be like and act like.

I started over getting to know them, where they were at developmentally and where their boundaries were. We started there and over time expanded those boundaries to include more of the world around them.

In this, my first unscripted video, I share some ideas. I apologize if it is not as graceful or organized as my other ones. I think in images and have to take an extra step to gather words that hopefully correlate with what I am seeing, it can get a little exhausting.


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