From Anxiety to Meltdown How Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Anxiety, Experience Meltdowns, Manifest Tantrums, and
Posted May 02 2011 2:29am
Deborah Lipsky, the self dubbed Raccoon Lady, has written a must read for people like me. People like me with children on the spectrum are apt to sit on my children’s shoulders and try to examine the insides of their heads. It is a less than perfect arrangement. More often than not, what with the speech delays and such, my translations are usually just my best guess with a dollop of wishful thinking.
So here, Deborah provides great insight into the thought processes and thinking patterns applicable to many people on the spectrum. Her perspective may not be unique, in that there are lots of other autistic people with similar viewpoints, but the trouble is that not enough of them have written a book about it to enlighten us. So here is the opportunity.
I particularly warm to her distinction between a meltdown and a tantrum, but that is probably because I agree with her. You may well think otherwise, as you are entitled to, once you have read the book.
Her insights, tips and approach should prove invaluable to many, but for me, I was particularly interested to read about the interplay between anxiety, OCD, stress and how these elements can affect someone in their adult life. Her account provides ample evidence about the importance of intervention early in life, to provide our children with as many coping mechanisms as possible, as well as the need to teach and practice flexible thinking.
I was delighted to read about Deborah’s challenging and fulfilling life, which I’m sure will prove inspirational to both parents and autistic children. It would be far too sweeping to say, ‘Nothing holds you back except the limits imposed by yourself,’ but the impulse to self-censure is a commonplace part of the human condition.
p.s. lastly, I would like to add a request, namely, that a sequel might look at another black and white issue: depression, autism and the mire of inertia. How can parents intervene effectively?
Available from JKP .
And you can visit Deborah Lipsky here .
P.s. Added later – thanks to Trish for this link where you can hear and see Deborah lecture where you can get a flavor of her wit and wisdom.