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Tantrums and meltdowns

How are we supposed to know how to help our kids if their tantrums and meltdowns look exactly the same? This week's video will guide you in telling the difference.



The tricky thing is - a tantrum and a meltdown can look exactly the same, but it requires quite a different way of managing them!


So what is the difference?


Tantrums

  • Caused by: being unable to get a preferred item, object, or person.

  • The child stops engaging in the tantrum behavior when they get what they want.

  • A firm approach can be used (firm voice).


Meltdowns

  • Caused by: sensory (or mental) overload.

  • The behavior when having a meltdown is out of the child’s control.

  • The child needs to be comforted and supported.


In this week's video guide, I explain in more detail how you can manage both tantrums and meltdowns - especially when you're out and about with your child.

 

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