Autism the brakes are off completely. There

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex developmental disorder that causes problems with thinking, feeling, language, and ability to relate to others; also considered a neurological disorder 6. The effects differ from person to person on severity and combinations of symptoms. But typically characteristics of ASD fall into three categories: communication issues, issues in social interaction, and repetitive behavior. 6 The exact cause of autism is unknown but there could be two determining factors genetics and environmental. Many people who have ASD have difficult also processing everyday sensory information which affects behavior and has a profound effect on a person’s life. 4 These senses could be hypo-sensitive or hypersensitive (or combination of both). But to understand the correlation between sensory and meltdowns there should be an understanding of what meltdowns are? Meltdown is a complete loss of behavioral control. An individual having a meltdown tends to scream, attack, hurt themselves, break things, and generally go all-out. If you’re not familiar with autism, you might be wondering, ‘Isn’t that just another word for a tantrum?’ A tantrum is basically a bid for attention or control and a meltdown has no plan, and often seems as if the boy or girl can hardly tell what other people around them are thinking, never mind trying to manipulate them. A child having a tantrum still has some sense of where the limits are. They may hit someone else, but they probably won’t hurt themselves. With a child having a meltdown, the brakes are off completely. There is no exact cause to meltdowns because they tend to vary from individual to individual and meltdown to meltdown, but some common starting points are Sensory overload, Information overload, Emotional overload, Too many demands, and too much unpredictability. There methods out there that use sensory to calm down ASD meltdowns like using slime toys or teddy bears allows to calm a child through the sense of touch and using music or noise-canceling headphones through the sense of hearing. I am trying to identify which sensory stimuli are effective at calming meltdowns through a survey. This gives parents and people who are effected by unpredictable nature of autism, sense of knowledge of how to control the violent nature of meltdowns.