Meltdown and Melting Down (Asperger's Disorder)

Meltdown and Melting Down (Asperger's Disorder)

Meltdown and its companion comic book, Melting Down, are both based on the fictional story of Benjamin, a boy diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder and additional challenging behavior. From the time Benjamin is a toddler, he and his parents know he is different: he doesn’t play with his sister, refuses to make eye contact, and doesn’t communicate well with others. And his tan- trums are not like normal tantrums; they’re meltdowns that will eventually make regular schooling—and day-to-day life—impossible. Both the prose book, intended for parents, educators, and mental health professionals, and the comic for the kids themselves demonstrate that the journey toward hope isn’t simple . . . but with the right tools and teammates, it’s possible.