Shopping is such a challenge with Jackson. We shopped some last night and he was crazy. He had several minor meltdowns over very minor issues, such as not running all over the store. I ended up taking Alaina out of her seat in the cart and letting the 2 year old walk where I could put Jackson in the cart to control him.
I am trying some methods I read in a book called Parenting a Child With Asperger’s 200 Tips and Techniques to see if I can make them any better. I will say the first one did not seem to help.
The first thing I tried was to set him down before we leave and explain where we are going, why we are going, and what I expect from him. This was done to try and help reduce some of the anxiety or stress that can occur with him over the unknown.
I also tried to remove him from the area he was having the meltdown and get him refocused and talk to him about the meltdown and why it occurred. That seemed to help a little. I am going to continue to try these just because will be an adjustment period for him and any new routines.