Helping Children through Meltdowns and How to Support Them with Disabilities (1 min read)

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Nola Crow

Founder & Owner of: 4373 Fashion Lane

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Beauty and Fashion Writer


In my field, kids have meltdowns frequently. What happens to kids during this stressful time? They lose complete control over their emotions. Occasionally, there is not a logical reason behind the meltdown. The main thing is for you to understand is kids are learning.

Children (and some adults) have not developed the (coping skills) to explain or express their feelings appropriately. Kids have not mastered the art of coping or social skills. The art of controlling their emotions isn’t fully developed at this time. Keep in mind, kids will have meltdowns pass junior high school. For kids with developmental disabilities, Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, etc, this can be a life time event.

What can you do?

  1. Help the child identify why they are upset?
  2. Work with the child to calm down. 
  3. Use calming words. 
  4. Stay alert of your surroundings
  5. Maintain a safe but loving space so the kids doesn’t attack you or others. 
  6. Keep a safe toy of item for the child, kids have favorite things that always calm them (blanket, toy, ipad). 
  7. Call parents or family members who are the cool down person or favorite person for the child.  
  8. Remind the child that they are not in trouble and have done nothing wrong.
  9. Keep warm eye contact. 
  10. Chart, record the event, remember that triggered the meltdown and work on not letting the triggering action happen again. 
  11. Draw, color or journal with the child why they were feeling the emotion & what can happen to improve it. 
  12. These are all restorative practices to help the child see the issue and find a path back to the cool zone. 

For parents of kids with disabilities, who are affected by these circumstances, click 👉🏽 for information on ABA:👉🏽👉🏽 ABA Therapy is a great source and it is covered by insurance. 👈🏽

⚜Remember! Practice makes perfect!

xoxo,
Lioness Stargazer 💞


Article Credits: Nola Crow

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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