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How Magical U can help autistic children and adults with anxiety and meltdowns


Extreme anxiety is very common in children and adults with autism ( ASD -Autistic Spectrum Disorder).



They will be subject to difficulties in social communication, social interaction and social imagination (the triad of impairments ) all of which contribute to feelings of anxiety which are often extreme and lead to problem behaviors. They may be averse to change and fearful of new situations. Extreme sensitivities, difficulty understanding , an inability to express their wants and needs can lead to feelings of OVERWHELM. Feelings of OVERWHELM can quickly escalate into MELTDOWN which is very distressing and can be harmful. So you can see how a child with autism can quickly become extremely distressed and out of control with no way of expressing what is the matter to an adult who could understand , offer solace and comfort and resolution of the problem. An extremely distressing problem for children and their parents and carers . THIS IS WHERE MAGICAL U can work its magic quickly and easily to resolve troubling situations again and again. All you need is a pack of Magical U cards , some knowledge of how the game works , and an open and caring heart. So let’s imagine a possible scenario ........ Sammy is having a meltdown because his Mum forgot to give him his lunchbox for school. He doesn’t understand his feelings or how to express them ...his Mum has no idea what the problem is . Using the Magical U cards Sammy can be invited to pick the card which shows how he is feeling. Simply connecting to the cards and beginning to understand can be a huge relief and help him to begin to de-escalate. Again using the cards he can be invited to ‘ tell the story ‘ through the cards about who/ where the problem came from. Moving on he can choose the cards that show what he needs to overcome the problem ......all the cards are there. Sammy doesn’t need complicated questions and explanations ...it’s all there in the cards ......they can do the talking . If it all sounds too good to be true , believe me , it isn’t . With a pack of cards , knowledge of how the game works , and a little time you can help the autistic child to feel understood, accepted and comforted . There is nothing else that’s so easy and successful to use. As the adult and child get used to using the cards they will become an essential tool in everyday life. Children love the colorful cards which depict the emotions so graphically . They can learn to understand words for the emotions , but in the beginning the cards will speak for themselves. Chil