It’s not always easy to calm a child with autism, but some strategies can regularly be successful or helpful. Some require a bit of extra equipment that offers sensory comfort.

How to Calm a Child with Autism?

We can consider autism to be a spectrum. It’s classified as a spectrum because specific individuals have a few, mild symptoms, while others have numerous or extreme symptoms. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) feel several similar concerns and fears as others. 

Anxiety is a regular aspect of a kid’s development, but children and teenagers with ASD can encounter stress more seriously and more regularly than other children. 

Children with more severe symptoms can get disturbed consistently. They can have a tough time managing their behavior. Even high functioning children can “meltdown” in circumstances that would be mildly challenging.

Tips and Techniques for Calming an Autistic Child:

For instance, it’s improbable that an autistic child is naughty to cause you humiliation or embarrassment. It’s likewise unlikely that the kid will respond well to typical consequences, like time out or grounding. Autistic children aren’t motivated by social activities, so losing them is not a misfortune. It also probably abandons saying that punishing an autistic child for reacting seriously to a stressful circumstance isn’t likely to have positive results. Thus, let’s… 

  • Avoid undermining consequences for bad behavior during a meltdown. 
  • Avoid attempting to reason or argue with your kid if the kid is already melting down.  
  • Avoid to disgrace or humiliate the child.
  • Avoid asking someone else to deal with the situation. 
  • Avoid permitting your kid to disregard the problem. 

There are a few procedures that can have a significant beneficial or positive outcome. Many are related to sensory integration treatment. These strategies include:

  • Provide your kid with sensory toys that can help lower anxiety. 
  • Purchase a weighted blanket to provide a feeling of security. 
  • Consider purchasing “chewy” toys, as being allowed to chew can make a big difference.
  • Learn and teach meditation and guided reflection methods. 
  • Be sure your kid gets enough physical exercise. 
  • Add a pet to your family, as pets have a calming effect on children with autism. 

The tips mentioned above for calming may help. While it’s great to avoid getting upset, it isn’t easy to manage in real-life.

What’s Your Kid’s Calm and Focus Score? 

A ‘temper tantrum’ happens when you deny the children what they need to have or what they need to do. Generally, kids between 1 to 4 years experience temper tantrums. It is critical to consider the typical development and why toddlers are so effortlessly baffled or frustrated: 

  • Emerging or developing language abilities make communicating needs frustrating. 
  • Emerging desire to get independence but restricted motor skills and intellectual skills. 
  • Toddlers are building up an understanding of their world, and it regularly creates uneasiness. 

A meltdown is when the child loses control over his/her behavior and can only be calmed down by a parent, or when the child arrives at the point of exhaustion. These will now and then be referred to as autism outbursts. Tantrums can lead to meltdowns, so it tends to be challenging to differentiate between the two. Autism meltdowns are the body’s reaction to sensory stimuli. These stimuli can either be undermining or overpowering. Remembering this, the techniques for overseeing meltdowns are entirely different than those of managing temper tantrums.

Various parent-friendly resources, target tantrum management strategies and most of them center around a three-fold approach. 

Coming up next are a few hints and methodologies that have helped other parents; however, you should consider these as far as your individual kid’s needs are concerned: 

Hints and Methodologies
  • Social stories 
  • Visual plans 
  • Check off lists
  • Routine sensory diet activities
  • Activity or assignment plans. 
Tactile Tool Kit for Meltdowns: 
  1. Noise-canceling headphones
  2. Sunglasses
  3. A Wide-brimmed hat or cap
  4. Chewy, Crunchy Snack
  5. Preferred scented hand lotion
  6. Unscented hand wipes

As featured previously, every child’s sensory needs will be unique or different, and the tools that are useful for a kid won’t be helpful for another. 


“Something regular, simple, and preferable can always have a calming effect. The procedures above can be utilized across other age groups, from toddlers to grown-ups, depending on the individual’s unique needs. A specialist can work with each individual to help evaluate and figure out which sensory instruments might be the most advantageous in regulation.

At the moments of tantrum or meltdown, follow the steps we’ve illustrated above to discover what works for your kid, and please share with us what management strategies work for you” –Dr. Adil Moulanchikkal, Elite Ayurveda Services Lead Specialist.

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