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.
Today we talk to our designers Jun Yuan and Yvonne about their recent expedition to an Elder Care Center and how they feel T.Ware can help.
What is the general setting of the Center?
JY: It Feels very quiet, with not much activity going on. There are busy times with all the nurses bustling around. The level of hustle and bustle gets higher as one progresses through the levels, of course this depends on the mood of the residents on that day, I vividly remember that the nurse at level 4 was really positive about her job
Y: Its very bright and airy, and the nurses are all very cheerful and positive of their jobs despite the huge workloads!
Are there any problems that you can foresee T.Ware being able to help out with?
JY: I will like to think about ways on how to engage the residents more as they look really bored, to stop them from feeling confined to their bed
Y: Nurses are really busy and residents follow a certain schedule, I hope we can come up with a way for the residents to control their environment more.
Are these centers technology adoption friendly?
JY: Surprisingly, they are quite experimental, open to solutions that alleviate work loads. For example, they piloted a test on a smart bed which will alert the nurses if the resident try to get out of bed, even though there were loads of false positive
Y: Yes and no. No as in their current system is paper based and recorded, yes because they are piloting new technology, and the nurses are open to new devices that can help them with their job or provide more comfort to the resident
We set James up with 5 whacky questions to see how his brain churns. They're a collection of questions from the wildest job interview questions people have had. Wouldn't the be fun to answer at an interview? We'll let you decide!
If you were a drink, what would you be and why?
I would be a Long Black without sugar and milk. Because I believe you have to enjoy the natural taste that the coffee provides or you have to enjoy coffee in the most natural state that it provides. This is the same as my views on life. You have to enjoy life the way it is.
Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?
Literal: Its furry and flies at a very fast speed. It doesn't come across clear. Somewhat philosophical: It is bright yellow and furry.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
My presence to my mum. To be with my mum during her birthday back in my hometown which is not in Singapore.
If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from a pair of scissors?
Scissors would be for me to cut short the delivery time.
If you could camp in one place in the world, describe what your experience would be like.
I would in a place which has all the nature in the environment which has lakes, mountains, grasslands. hearing the sounds of animals but within an hour's ride, i would still be able to get back to my workplace. (i turn to give him a look)