After school SPD meltdowns

Jane R. - posted on 09/21/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My high-functioning autistic daughter just stared kindergarten and is considered to have a SPD. She has not started with the OT yet--hopefully this week. The meltdowns beginning as soon as we get in the car continue on and off until bedtime. They are violent to say the least. It goes on forever and I am literally a punching-bag. All anyone can ever suggest is prevention and to know what triggers the meltdowns. I get it. I know what triggers her behaviors, but what do you when you cannot? When there is not even a second to get her off-the-ledge, as she goes from fine to extreme in less than a minute? She is due to start therapy at the end of the month to assist her in her difficulty with self-regulation and inflexible mindset. It was so bad that I considered not even sending her to school tomorrow and re-thinking kindergarten for another year. I am hoping the OT will help her decompress a bit during the school day. I am at a total loss as the"sensory diet" at home is like a joke--no offense,I know it helps so many children, but she would rather throw the therapy ball at me than bounce on it. I thought I might have to bring her to the ER today, but what would they do? Sedate her? No thanks.....help.

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Jane R. - posted on 10/26/2015

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Thanks a lot..one of those life circumstances that is impossible to understand unless you are living it...she is doing better. Thank you so much for your post!!!!

Jana - posted on 10/25/2015

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Bless your heart! I hope by now you are seeing some improvement with Therapy. My son has the same issues. We have teamed up with his pediatrician & are doing a mixture of OT, family counseling, & low dose anxiety Meds. The goal is to taper off Meds eventually, but we definitely need them at this point. Your daughter is just reacting to the overstimulation of the day. It is hard to not take it personally, & it can be embarrassing & exhausting. Hang in there and find some support.

Jane R. - posted on 09/21/2015

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p.s.
I am also very concerned about the effect of these episodes has on her--exhaustion, self-esteem,depression, anxiety--it is heartbreaking and traumatic, as I am sure many of you know..

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