Tantrum vs. Meltdown: Differences & How to Tame Them
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 EpisodeNOTE: Some of the resources below may be affiliate links, meaning I receive a commission (at no cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.
- Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP), from Ross Greene, PhD and LivesintheBalance.org
- 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