Sunday, January 3, 2016

Tantrums vs. Meltdowns

I was totally intrigued when I first learned that tantrums and meltdowns were completely different. Like so many parents of children with autism, I absorb as much as I can about behaviors, strategies, sensory issues and the like. But now when I look at articles stating matter-of-factly the differences between tantrums and meltdowns, the thought came to my mind: Does it really matter?

When my son is screaming at the top of his lungs at Walmart or taking the first available object off the shelf at Target and throwing it onto the floor like a madman, knowing the difference between a tantrum and a meltdown really doesn't mean a whole lot to me. At that very moment,  I just want my kid to be happy again or at least calm enough to all of me to finish my grocery shopping (wishful thinking, of course).

The differences between tantrums and meltdowns are very eye-opening...but this #autismmom just wants to make it through the day! 

#justathought #longday


  1. Wow, you just "want to make it through the day" but what about your kid who feels like the world is crashing in on them while you're dragging them through a store they don't want to be in because it's a sensory nightmare to them?

    1. I appreciate all comments but please do not criticize my parenting. My son's tantrums are usually related to not being able to get another of the same toy that I have bought him 5 times before. I'm usually at the store to buy food, which is a requirement. I am not shopping for clothes or shoes or things of personal interest. Just. Food. I do want to make it through the day, as I work full time in special education and often have to take work home in addition to providing for the needs of my children as far as feeding them, helping them with their homework, projects, tutoring, baths, clothes for the next day, etc. This is a blog, which captures only a snapshot of our day.My children and I have a very strong bond, as anyone who knows us can attest to. I am a human being who has a right to express her emotions in hopes that other parents will know that it's okay to be "human."


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