One of my biggest pet peeves is when people call a meltdown a tantrum. A tantrum is a fit a child throws to get their way. A meltdown is when your child is stuck and their brain has been sort-of hijacked. A child in a meltdown does not have control of their actions. Listen in to this episode as I discuss the full differences between a tantrum and meltdown and provide insights and strategies to begin to tame them.



Resources in this Episode

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Articles & Resources

Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP), from Ross Greene, PhD and

ADHD Meltdowns: Waiting for the Storm to Pass, Penny Williams


The Explosive Child, by Ross Greene, PhD

What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD, by Penny Williams (there’s a full chapter on school rights and accommodations)


PAP 003: What Your Child’s Behavior Is Actually Telling You, with Sarah Wayland, PhD


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