Finally! Flip flop weather and playing outside! My little guy can’t wait to get out of the house! But, with Spring comes thunder storms.
I have talked to many other autism parents, and most, if not all, say that their child(ren) are afraid of such storms. Liam wasn’t bothered by them, until we had to take shelter in a storm tunnel for a tornado one year. Now, he’s terrified.
So I thought I would share what works for us, in hopes that it may help some of you. First, we don’t watch the weather reports. Especially if it’s a severe storm warning. This immediately sends Liam into panic mode.
Instead, I downloaded a weather app to my phone, so I can still see what’s going on. I make sure to keep checking it, as we all now, some warnings come very last minute. Liam knows what I’m doing, but not hearing it on tv really helps to keep him calm.
The other thing, that has been a God send to us, is a little dissolving pill! It’s over the counter, and all natural. And approved for kids ages 2-12. When we first started our autism journey, Liam’s child psychologist recommended these to us. They worked great for a few years, until Bipolar Disorder reared it’s ugly head. So now we use them for minor stress or anxiety. (They work great for that, just not on a manic/depressive cycle)
The great thing is they are CHEAP. Easy to find in stores, and they actually work! (Walmart, Walgreens) It was originally called Calms Forte, but now has been changed to “Calm N’ Restful.” They have redone the formula, and added that it can be used for: Temporarily relieving the symptoms of occasional sleeplessness, mental and physical restlessness, irritability, causeless crying, and occasional sleeplessness due to travel and lack of focus in children.
So check it out and I hope it helps your kiddos too!