Meltdowns are quite common for people with autism. They are not exclusive to children, even adults can have meltdowns. Depending on coping mechanisms and the individual themselves, a meltdown for one person will look different to another. A meltdown can include: hitting, crying, shouting, being verbally aggressive… etc.
Recognising a meltdown in public isn’t always easy, due to the coping mechanism the person with autism has developed. If you have a friend, or loved one with autism and you are aware of their own personal meltdown signs, here are a few tips to help you help them.