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In June of 2014 my family learned that my 4 year old son was autistic. This is a window into our world. What it's like day in, and day out for an autistic child.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

What is an Autistic Meltdown ?

Some people view a meltdown as a tantrum or just acting out. Actually, this is the furthest thing from the truth.

Each child with autism is uniquely and wonderfully individual. So there's not any one specific thing that universally causes a meltdown.

Generally, a meltdown is caused by a sensory overload of some sort. These overloads are of the senses touch, sound, and sight.

It's hard to know how to handle these meltdowns. It takes trial and error. Talking with the specialists involved in your child's life is what I've found to be the most helpful.