I spoke pretty candidly with the teacher when she called. She said she felt she could handle his behaviors, but felt that if meltdowns like the one he had today were a regular occurrence, we needed to evaluate whether or not this is the right fit for him.
I am hoping that this was just a one time incident, since this was a huge change for Javi. I think it would be a huge change for anyone to be at a new school, new friends, new teacher, new way of doing everything. I guess we had to expect a little backlash.
It's hard not to be the rescuer in this situation. My first instinct was to go and pick him up, take him away from all of it and protect him. The teacher had said that he calmed down and he was starting to eat his lunch. She said it would probably be a good idea for him to stay, since he may think that any time he had a big enough meltdown, that he could be rescued. I agreed with her. She did a good job working through it, since he manage to clam down. She said that she would call if he just couldn't handle it and needed to be picked up. While I don't think that the meltdown had anything to do with him trying to escape anything or because he wanted to see how much he could get away with. I think he just had reached his limit with the stress of all the changes and this was his way of expressing it.
He did manage to finish out the day and take the bus home. We talked about what had happened when he got home and how to work through things and tell people when he needs a break when he is feeling frustrated.
I hope he has a better day tomorrow.
For more information on autistic meltdowns, visit this link...I think it's important for people to be aware and understand this is not a behavior that happens as a result of poor parenting or undisciplined children. They can happen for many reasons. Change, overstimulation, disappointment, frustration, extreme emotions of any kind can cause a meltdown.