Monday, 14 January 2019, 7pm - 9pm

Anxiety and Meltdowns

The United Church, Dorchester – The Cafe (ground floor)
49 / 51 Charles Street, Dorchester DT1 1EE

Getting to the Dorchester venue

7pm Doors open Hosted by Trish Crawford
Refreshments Coffee/Tea/Squash & biscuits available throughout the evening.
7.20pm Notices

Can you help run the meetings? We’re looking for people to be co-organisers and get involved with all aspects of running the DAAS West meetings.  Ideally we would like to find two or three people to share the tasks. Find out more

Your views matter. DAAS has been asked by the ASC Partnership Board to update the answers we previously collated from individuals in the group about what type of support would help
them, or their family member/friend, to live a more independent life. We will shortly be asking for your ideas and priorities.

Any other notices? If you have anything you’d like to bring to the group, you can share it here (if you don’t want to speak, let the host know before the meeting starts and she’ll read it out).   

7.30pm Main Event

Discussion Anxiety and meltdowns
Discussions will either be in small groups or as one big group depending on how many people attend.  Here’s some questions to think about:


  1. How do you or your family member experience anxiety?   
  2. Around 50% of autistic people are estimated to have alexithymia – difficulty in identifying and naming emotions. If this applies to you/them, how does this affect your or their experience of anxiety?
     (If you want to find out more about alexithymia, here’s a blog on it from Unstrange Mind )  
  3. What makes you/them anxious?
  4. What do you/they do to manage your anxiety?
  5. How can other people help you manage your anxiety?
    How do you help your family member manage their anxiety?
  6. Any other things you want to discuss about anxiety


Many (not all) not all autistic people have meltdowns. These can be caused by a range of things including anxiety and stress. Here’s a video on meltdowns by Amythest Shaber  

  1. Do you or your family member have meltdowns?
  2. What do meltdowns look like for you/them?  Are they often misunderstood?
  3. What triggers meltdowns for you/them? Are there multiple triggers?
  4. What can other people do to help you during a meltdown?
    Do you know how to help your family member during a meltdown?
  5. How do you feel after a meltdown?
  6. How can other people help you after a meltdown?
    Do you know what your family member needs after a meltdown?
And Finally ..... Time to network, chat, seek advice or help, bring news to the group etc.
End of meeting Grateful thanks for helping us ready the Café for the following morning :)
First Visit? DAAS West is a small and welcoming group. You can just listen; observe; join in and take part; get up and move about; come and go at your leisure; whichever feels comfortable for you. You are kindly asked to sign the register to comply with fire regulations. Directions and pictures of the meeting room.
Confidentiality Please respect each other's privacy and don’t discuss outside meetings who else attends or what they say at DAAS events, unless that person has given you permission to do so.
Can I Attend? DAAS and DAAS West meetings are open to those on the spectrum both diagnosed and undiagnosed plus carers, friends and family.