By Deborah Lipsky
In a chaotic or threatening state of affairs, worry is the first emotional reaction of an autistic person. frequently the preliminary actual reaction is to freeze. 'Meltdowns', or mind overloads will be frightening for the person with autism, and for the individual attempting to support in the event that they do not know how you can react during this state of affairs. universal coping options, corresponding to hand flapping or leg shaking, could be misperceived as being wilful, noncompliant, and uncooperative; and a few recommendations usually urged in periods of misery or challenge, similar to holding eye touch or utilizing mild contact, could be counter-productive instead of supplying relief.Using the easy-to-remember acronym S.C.A.R.E.D (Safe, Calm, confirmation, regimen, Empathy and Develop), coined via medical psychologist Will Richards, this consultant bargains options and useful concepts that might be a invaluable reference instrument to a person in a primary reaction place. The authors have created a coaching programme to give an explanation for the autistic adventure and frame of mind, and advisor the interventions of first responders to autistic members in trouble.
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When stressed we resort to activities that are familiar and constant. In my case, I recently dealt with a great deal of stress working as a kayak guide. I would go to work expecting a tour and get there, only to find that my tour had no people, so I had no work. I had other tours in the afternoon, so I could not go home, and I was unprepared for the unscripted hours from morning till afternoon. I needed to de-stress and I enjoy walking as a means to get calm. I would walk or pace back and forth along the beach for hours on end, frequently broadcasting my thoughts.
I could then come up with compensating strategies. When I got home I happened to be in my military collectible room where I have a World War II and Vietnam era collection of army uniforms and field gear. I happened to spy my Vietnam era army flak vest. It is a vest with lead inserts and leaded collar. It also has drawstrings on either side, as well as a front zipper. I put it on and tightened the sides and zipped it up. At first it was very constricting but did an excellent job of mimicking an asthma attack.
Major tasks can sometimes be broken down into small doable activities that are scheduled throughout the day. Social events that are predictable, such as church services, are much more tolerable than more fluid events, such as parties. Autistic individuals in supported living frequently have difficulty with changes from routine due to staff turnover. For autistic individuals, variety is not the spice of life. Sometimes staff feel that they are providing positive experiences by altering routine. A change in the breakfast menu, a new route to a day program, taking turns in choice of TV programming, all can increase stress and lead to unwanted results.