Autism spectrum/Dealing with outbursts
Some people with autism have outbursts.
|“||Children diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (AS; see Note) present a special challenge in the educational milieu. Typically viewed as eccentric and peculiar by classmates, their inept social skills often cause them to be made victims of scapegoating. Clumsiness and an obsessive interest in obscure subjects add to their "odd" presentation. Children with AS lack understanding of human relationships and the rules of social convention; they are naive and conspicuously lacking in common sense. Their inflexibility and inability to cope with change causes these individuals to be easily stressed and emotionally vulnerable. At the same time, children with AS (the majority of whom are boys) are often of average to above-average intelligence and have superior rote memories. Their single-minded pursuit of their interests can lead to great achievements later in life.
Asperger syndrome is considered a disorder at the higher end of the autistic continuum. Comparing individuals within this continuum, Van Krevelen (cited in Wing, l99l) noted that the low-functioning child with autism "lives in a world of his own," whereas the higher functioning child with autism "lives in our world but in his own way" (p.99).
Naturally, not all children with AS are alike. Just as each child with AS has his or her own unique personality, "typical" AS symptoms are manifested in ways specific to each individual. As a result, there is no exact recipe for classroom approaches that can be provided for every youngster with AS, just as no one educational method fits the needs of all children not afflicted with AS.
|— OASIS autism site, http://www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger/karen_williams_guidelines.html|
However, that is just one individual's suggestion. There are many ways to deal with outbursts.
|Cause of outburst||Effect||Solution|
|Worry about an issue||Physical aggression towards parents, other individuals or even strangers||Discuss with individual when they have calmed down: do NOT use provcative language.|
|Outburst over no access to something||Physical aggression, tries to get object||Do not give them the object, until it is certain they are fully calm, and that their anger has subsided.|
|Use of negative words||Physical and verbal aggression, screaming||Talk to individual concerned who used negative words, inform about more neutral alternatives. Then reassure individual who had outburst.|