Although I’m not a physician, therapist, or a teacher; I do have the most important job of them all ”A mother with hands on.” My life is a realistic one. There is no cosmetic that can cover-up what autism brings. However; I’m very much aware that even though my child or your child, niece, or nephew has autism they are still different on most levels. These levels can be high-functioning or low-functioning, either way they are different. I once made the mistake of comparing Justin to another child with autism, but had to realize that while some may have similarities; most are different in a lot of ways as well.

While in public most times we experience meltdowns. This would consist of; children staring, asking their parent ”What’s wrong with him?” Why is he doing that?” Perhaps; they may not be able to explain that he has autism, but they can explain that God made him to be ”Unique.” When in a public place the loud talking, 30 different conversations at one time, babies crying, loudspeaker announcing the days special, light fixtures humming, and Justin’s coordination off from so many bodies in constant motion…. By now Justin is over the top, screaming, jumping up and down, and hitting his face or lips until they bleed. I have to stop what I’m doing and hold him tightly; for this seems to calm him down some. Are you aware of when a meltdown will occur? I say of course we are. I try to avoid meltdowns as much as possible but sometimes they do happen. It is very important that I am consistent with Justin.

I’m always explaining why I can’t attend mid-week Bible study, and  gatherings at someone’s house that I have never visited myself. I have to scope it out and make sure that they have ample space for Justin. I also have to see if they have more than one couch or chair; because Justin loves his own space. These are some of the things that I; as well as many other parents or caregivers should consider to prevent a meltdown.

I know that when Justin has a meltdown, there is not an option to set rules or to discipline him. Does he really care about being put in time-out or the taking away of his favorite toy? No, in fact, Justin is better left alone quietly, because at this point his brain is now in overload. Experiencing the meltdowns in public places time after time has taught me to better plan when taking Justin along. Making sure he’s well rested, feed, and his mood is on an all time high. Justin’s happy and I’m happy as well.

About The Author

God fearing, loving mother to an awesome young man. Enjoying what I do! Although I'm not the greatest teacher, however raising a child with special needs has given me more degrees than any college university you could think of.

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