When I picked her up from school I made the suggestion of painting or sticking and gluing – giving her two positive choices of how we could spend the evening.
After she made her choice we went via the town to pick up some new paintbrushes, paper and disposable tablecloths. Why am I telling you about the shopping? Well it was all part of the plan, to help prepare her mind for what would be happening and get her involved, sort of like it was an idea we came up with and prepared for together.
We spent over an hour-and-a-half painting together, the quality time and attention was just the thing to relax her mind after a difficult start to the day. So we are now twelve days without a meltdown, disaster averted.