Techniques for Calming a Child with Autism

If you are a parent dealing with a child with autism, it can be a frustrating experience. Your child might get really anxious over a small issue. A minor disruption in the child’s schedule might lead to your child having a meltdown and screaming for half an hour or more. Luckily, there are several calming techniques, which often help children who have autism to calm down or to stay calm.

Weighted Blanket

Many children with autism deal with sensory issues as well as anxiety. Weighted blankets provide a pressure simulation, which then calms the child and allows the child to relax, feel more secure, and focus better. They can be used to help the child sleep and as a calming technique when the child is awake. Weighted neck wraps and lap pads can also provide the needed calming results. Lap pads can be especially helpful, as they provide the child with a calming lap workspace.


Certain smells, including lavender, peppermint, and lemon can help children with autism to calm down and concentrate. This can be done through putting a little of the oil on the child’s forehead or another part of the child’s skin. It can also be done through candles or simply by allowing the child to smell the scent.

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Many children with autism do not deal well with loud noises. Those who face extreme sensitivity to loud sounds can benefit from the use of noise-cancelling headphones. Depending upon the child’s sensitivity to sound, you may want to have the child wear the headphones all the time or in specific situations, or you may want to store the headphones in a convenient location, just in case they are needed.

While these are not all the soothing techniques for children with autism, these are methods that have worked for some children. Of course, no one calming solution is perfect for every child. The key is finding the right solution for your child and then helping your child to use the correct technique or techniques on their own. If one method does not work, try a different one. Continue trying until you find the right method for your situation.

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