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Understanding Triggers: What Sets Off ASD Tantrums

Hey there, amazing mums of the Aspie Whisperer family! Today, we’re donning our detective hats to unravel the mystery of ASD tantrums. It’s like a puzzle where understanding the triggers is the key to unlocking calm. So, grab a cuppa, and let’s dive into the world of triggers and tantrum-tackling strategies!

Decoding the Triggers: The Why Behind the Wail

Triggers are like the hidden switches that set off the tantrum alarms. They could be anything from sensory overload (think noisy crowds or itchy tags) to changes in routine (like a surprise visit from the in-laws). It’s all about spotting those sneaky triggers and planning a smooth escape route.

Sensory Sensitivities: Navigating the Overload

Our ASD kiddos can have superhero-like senses, where even the hum of a fridge can feel like a rock concert. Creating a sensory-friendly environment with calming corners and sensory tools can be a game-changer. It’s like building a sensory shield to ward off those meltdown monsters.

Communication Frustration: Finding Their Voice

Sometimes, tantrums are just a way of saying, “I’m struggling to communicate here!” Encouraging alternative communication methods, like picture cards or simple sign language, can help them express their needs without the tears. It’s like giving them a megaphone for their emotions (but, you know, a quiet one).

Routine Rumbles: Keeping the Peace with Predictability

A change in routine can be as welcome as a kangaroo in a china shop. Keeping a consistent routine and preparing them for any changes can help avoid those routine rumbles. It’s like having a map for the day, so everyone knows where they’re hopping to next.

The Hunger Games: Avoiding Hangry Hazards

Never underestimate the power of a well-timed snack. Sometimes, a little hangriness is behind those epic meltdowns. Keeping some healthy, go-to snacks on hand can be the difference between peace and pandemonium. It’s like having a secret snack weapon in your mum arsenal.

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