Autistic people have a lot to contend with. The difficulties they experience in everyday life – due, for example, to communication and sensory differences – may lead to feelings of frustration and anger.
This guide gives some practical ways in which you can help, including preventing and managing anger and helping your child to manage their feelings.
Some autistic people can experience difficulties making themselves understood, understanding what’s being said to them, and understanding facial expressions and body language. This can cause considerable frustration and anxiety which may result in anger or distressed behaviour.
Speak clearly and precisely using short sentences. By limiting your communication, the person is less likely to feel overloaded by information and more likely to be able to process what you say.
Autistic people often find it easier to process visual information. Support the person to communicate their wants, needs and physical pain or discomfort, eg by using visual stress scales, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), pictures of body parts, symbols for symptoms, or pain scales, pain charts or apps.
Give more time to process information. Use the six second rule (give the information, wait approximately six seconds to allow processing time, then if necessary, repeat the information using the same words).