I see a lot of posts online that seem to imply that all autistic people need the same thing during a meltdown. One thing I’ve seen often about children is that you should apply pressure, lay on kids, use compression clothes or weighted vests, etc. This might work for some people, but I cringe just thinking about what would happen if someone ever tried to lay on me etc during a meltdown.
We are not all the same. We all need something different. What helps one person might harm another. (To me this is just common sense but apparently not…)
For me: I need to be left alone. No talking to me or it makes it worse, and no trying to touch me. If someone tries to approach me I will get louder and usually hurt myself and then it takes me longer to calm down. For me I prefer to go in a dark spot by myself and cover with a blanket. Then I need quiet and something to distract myself with like a book, coloring, game or petting one of my rabbits. Afterwords I don’t want to talk about it and just want to go on with my day as normal.
What do you need before/during/after a meltdown?