Don't know if it's tantrums or sensory

My son daniel is highly functional autism.sometime out of no where he will start screaming and he has some language but not alot so its hard for him to speak the words at times on how he feels.so im asking what is the best thing for me to do to calm him down when he is so in that state of mind.i feel lost on what to do so sometimes i just vent myself from him because i am afraid of upsetting him even more.because he can go like this for awile.and i get so heart broken because i cant understand what he wants and help him fix it.what should i try to do?lisa

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I just saw a thing that a friend sent me about the ipad helping kiddos with autism express themselves. You might want to look into that. My son who has SPD has issues with anger and is not able to express it very well.

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ps- it's been documented that all children on the autism spectrum have some sensory issues. but that not all children with spd have autism. so if you're son is on the autism spectrum he likely has sensory issues that can be causing his meltdowns.

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do you work with an occupational therapist? we have greatly benefited from working with one with my son. they have some great ideas and resources for challenging situations/episodes. i feel for your situation and for your sense of feeling overwhelmed at times. have you been able to pinpoint what triggers these episodes? certain times of the day? certain environmental elements?

we have put up a swing in my son's room which we call the 'chill swing' and that has helped a lot with these types of situations. also, weighted vest or deep pressure or bear hugs have helped us calm him. how old is he? we taught our son sign language early on to help with these issues and i feel it helped as well. but it's never too late to start that if think it may help. but each kiddo is different, with different triggers that set them off and different temperaments and abilities to deal. good luck. but i would suggest talking with an OT if you haven't already.

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