Ahhh, the meltdown. As a parent of a special needs individual, you have probably heard of this term often. Not to be confused with a tantrum, meltdowns are an autistic characteristic feared and dreaded by both caregivers and autistics.
The best definition for a meltdown is a total loss of behavioral control. This total loss of behavioral control consumes and overtakes the individual, and need external help from their caregiver to return to normal composure.
Recognizing when a meltdown is about to happen is imminent for preventing/avoiding one in future. The child needs to learn to recognize defuse this type of unacceptable behavior before they reach adulthood where they are able to do more damage.
Today we help differentiate the difference between a tantrum and a meltdown and in the next post- How to prevent and minimize damage.
1. The first key feature is that an individual on a meltdown does not look or care for his surrounding, whereas an individual on a tantrum is looking for a response to their behavior.
2. Watch out! A child on a meltdown does not care about their's or other's safety, while a tantrum trotting kid will look out for their own safety.
3. Meltdowns will wind down by themselves irregardless of the social situation. if the situation is resolved, the tantrum will end, even if abruptly.
Professor Takahiro Ishi from Teikyo University of Science (TUS) had a nice experience with T.Jacket recently and gave some feedback
First off, T.Jacket is awesome!
Today I tried T.Jacket on two children which were sent for trials.
They were both restless or having difficulties in controlling their emotions, both were candidates which I expected certain effects of T.Jacket after considering their profile.
In both results of the two children, their behavior became stable, and I could hear the words "fun", "pleasant" and "refreshing", "settle" such as "I want this".
A key point through this small trial- I felt that it is necessary to adjust the pressure depending on the child.
It is important to grasp the reactivity against the stimulus for each child, such as needs for VERY strong stimulus, or needs for SOFT stimulus.
I found a description on T.Jacket that wrote "please consult the occupational therapist when using this item to determine the level of pressure required."
I think this point is important. Users shouldn't consider the effect of the jacket and what pressure to use as a counter measure against hyperactivity or restlessness. I strongly recommend to use the jacket by consulting an OT who are able to determine its effect from deep understanding of child's profile.
I find it very saddening if an undesirable result without OT's advice become the most-watched mainstream data.
Original Japanese blog post: https://www.facebook.com/tjacketjp/posts/638967076223311?fref=nf
Tokyo- Unicare revealed in the International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition about its new product, the anti loneliness hugging chair, where it is built in the shape of a rocking chair sized fabric doll with a amiable face and long cuddly arms to wrap around the user in a warm embrace.
It has been scientifically proven that reciprocation of hugs releases the biochemical substance oxytocin, which raises positive emotions and soothes the nerves. This is particularly useful when Japan has the oldest population in the world, with more than 25% of its total population being over the age of 65.
T.Ware is glad that other countries are agreeing with us that hugs matters, and would love to see more innovative products being launched on the market that help provide the much needed 'touch' comfort that some individuals lack.