Today my mom asked me how I knew Heidi wasn’t just having a 4 year old tantrum.
Then I started thinking and thought I’d share in our house how we know the difference. I think actions are determined on how to handle each one differently so it’s important to understand there is in fact a difference.
A tantrum is simply a way for child to express their anger, sadness, frustration. It’s easily recovered from. And crying ceases when given the object of their desire.
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But it’s usually diminished after a few minutes.
A meltdown is a tantrum of epic proportions. It can go on for up to an hour.
There could be hitting.
Or completely shutting down and just sobbing.
A meltdown goes on for a while and leaves the child emotional and distraught for most the day.
I think it’s important to understand there is in fact a difference in both.
A tantrum may also lead to a meltdown if it’s one of those days.
The sensory systems of our children are heightened. They feel and see differently than a typical mind.
I’m not saying the response of a meltdown should be tolerated. I’m suggesting that there is a way to teach and grow alongside your children by understanding it a little more.
Just some thoughts from one Autism mama.