Allow the Aspergers youngster to use his energy in a fun the technique is to teach the child to speak through jumping, spinning, running, climbing, swinging or other physical activities. Allow him to play-wrestle with pillows or other soft objects since agitated kids seek sensations inherent to the contact from tackling, bumping and crashing. Allow the youngster to perform some heavy chores such as vacuuming, moving objects or cleaning windows and cabinet doors.
This helps him focus on completing a necessary task while using his energy in a constructive way. Heavy chores or intense exercises allow kids to experience sensory input to different muscles and joints. Give the youngster a creative outlet through playing with watercolor paints, drawing or coloring or molding with clay or play dough. If another youngster is upsetting the Aspergers child, find out why, then confront the other youngster and ask him or her to apologize.
Ask the Aspergers youngster to take several deep breaths and count to ten. This breathing and counting technique will help him to react not with impulsivity and anger, but in a calm way. Before you can calm down your kid’s anxiety, you must first learn to calm down your own first. Lead by example, because you can’t put out a fire with another fire. Aspergers kids pick up negative thoughts very quickly and will react and respond to them. So parents need to keep a positive mindset. If your youngster doesn’t have the verbal skills to assert himself in a non-violent way, then teach him.
Role-play a situation that would normally have your youngster going into meltdown and work out how he can resolve it without his fists and feet flying. Check your own stress levels, because Aspergers kids are often emotional barometers for their parents. The repeated act of chewing and sucking provides agitated kids the necessary oral sensory input that helps them relax. This is why some kids will chew the inside of their mouth when they feel agitated. Replace this destructive habit by giving agitated kids food that requires repeated chewing, such as celery, carrots, lettuce and other crunchy vegetables.
Kids can also chew gum or taffy to help them settle down. Aspergers kids have difficulty remaining calm in a hectic environment. Clearing the clutter and taking a “less is more” approach to decorating can reduce the sensory overload on Aspergers kids. The Aspergers youngster’s bedroom especially should be free of clutter. Open the curtains to provide natural lighting. Have the Aspergers youngster wear a weighted belt.