How Can I Help My Child With Autism Manage Big Emotions?

Yolanda Van Der Kruk – Psychologist – Townsville Paediatrics

Dear Yolanda, how can I help my child with autism manage big emotions?

Many, if not all children diagnosed with autism experience emotion regulation difficulties. Fortunately, with the right help, we can teach our children with autism how to better manage these. When they’re upset, remind them that this feeling will pass. Practice taking deep breaths with them and offer calming and comforting tools. Talk to them about what they can do to better manage these emotions through prevention and regulation techniques when they aren’t upset. Then you can them of these techniques during a meltdown, even offering a reward for doing so.

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