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Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Parenting -

Aim to un­der­stand: Child with autism, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing melt­down, may shut down, un­able to com­mu­ni­cate, or be­come very up­set, kick and scream.

This needs to be un­der­stood as ‘per­son with autism ex­pe­ri­enc­ing melt­down’, not as a be­hav­iour is­sue.

As chil­dren be­come more self-aware, they need to have in­put into how they’re sup­ported.

If child with autism doesn’t want spe­cial needs as­sis­tant sit­ting next to them these feel­ings need to be heard.

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