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Asperger's Syndrome Meltdowns: How to Cope 
by Mary M. Alward August 29, 2005

If your child has Asperger's Syndrome, chances are he has meltdowns. Some may be worse than others, but all leave both parent and child exhausted. Follow these tips in order to cope with Asperger's Meltdowns.

What is Asperger's Syndrome?

Asperger's Syndrome is on the autism spectrum. It is a disorder where children experience overwhelming emotions which they can't control. They also can have poor motor skills and an aversion to texture and touch. They cannot tolerate certain textures of food and clothing and they don't use eye contact. When having a conversation, these kids will avert their eyes. It seems that they are totally ignoring you, but they hear every word you say. They don't understand body language, including facial expressions.

Often, children with Asperger's Syndrome are exceptionally smart, though they become obsessed with certain hobbies. Though this obsession changes, it continues throughout their lives. These children are often called names such as quirky or weird and have trouble making friends amongst their peers.

Although these children have many problems, they can be taught to leave normal lives as well as how to cope with their emotions. Here is an example and a few tips on how to cope with Asperger's Meltdowns.

What are Meltdowns?

Meltdowns are not a pretty sight. They are somewhat like overblown temper tantrums, but unlike tantrums, meltdowns can last anywhere from ten minutes to over an hour. When it ends, both you and the Asperger’s child are totally exhausted. But… don’t breathe a sigh of relief yet. At the least provocation, for the remainder of that day, and sometimes into the next, the meltdown can return full force.

What are meltdowns? They are overwhelming emotions and quite common in Asperger’s children. What causes them? It can be anything from a very minor incident to something more traumatic. How long do they last? It’s anyone’s guest. They last until the child is either completely exhausted, or he gains control of his emotions, which is not easy for him to do.



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