Does anyone have any experience with children with autism who have panic attacks? I have a high
functioning 3rd grader struggling in the general ed class and I'm running out
of ideas. She often complains of nausea, overheating, and more recently, trouble
breathing. Although it was originally thought the nausea was due to
hypersensitivity to sight/sound/smells, we've noticed that it often comes when
something is difficult or confusing. I'm wondering if it could be a panic attack. It's starting to affect her ability to
function in the classroom on a day-to-day basis. Any feedback would be much
A daily schedule with words and visuals and a warning before transition can help ease anxiety. As far as panicking when there is a difficult task, it may help to provide her with sensory objects at her desk. For example a squeeze ball, cushion on her chair, stretchy band, just something that will help her with her tension and anxiety. Another idea might be to provide her with a safe spot to go to when shes becoming upset. Allow her to go there at any appropriate time and give her 3-5 minutes before approaching her. Working in a 1:1 setting on difficult assignments is going to be key for her,(token economies are great too) she needs to learn coping strategies for her anxiety. Hope this helps, good luck!