Hi could you please talk about "autism meltdowns"? What are they? How can one cope/prevent one?
Meltdowns are the autistic brains response to “too much”. This could be too much sensory input, too much emotion, too much change, or anything else. It’s the brains fight or flight response being activated. Meltdowns can present as screaming, crying, flailing, violently stimming, rocking, yelling, trying to hide, and any combination of these and more. Meltdowns often look like temper tantrums to the outside observer, however, temper tantrums are controlled and done to achieve a goal whereas meltdowns are uncontrolled and a response to an autistic person’s system being overloaded. Meltdowns are often painful and distressing for the person experiencing one and can take hours or days to recover from.
The main way to avoid meltdowns is to be aware of your sensory/emotional threshold. Try to recognize when you are starting to become over stimulated and, when you are, take steps to reduce the sensory/emotional input. This might mean retreating to a quiet/dark place or stimming to help regulate your system.