Tag Archives: meltdowns & tantrums

Just Because You Delete, Doesn’t Mean I Can’t Reply…

So, my friend Jess (Diary of a Mom), shared a fantastic post from M at Invisible Strings – this is like playing a game of neurodiversity telephone… hah! – regarding autism not being a mental illness, but not insisting on autism NOT being a mental illness, because that shifts the negative stigma onto those who […]

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OUTSIDE READING: Behavior Plan For Parents of Newly Diagnosed Autistic Children

“Your feelings about autism are constructed by living in a world that fears and stigmatizes disabled lives. Your distress about an autism diagnosis are most certainly because of these unhealthy messages. Please remember that your behavior in regards to your child’s diagnosis is a choice. Signing this behavior plan means that you will always put […]

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Meltdown vs. Tantrum

PLEASE learn the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum. They may appear the same, but are VERY different… Tantrums are willful obstinate behavior. Like when a kid throws themselves on the ground because Daddy won’t buy them the $200 Lego set. Or when cookies are denied in the mall food court and the kid […]

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Aggressive Kid Flowchart

Behavior is communication. ABA isn’t necessary, because it is compliance based. You should not be working to alter who your child is, but helping them to adapt while giving them the support & accommodations they need. There’s a delicate balance, but with assistance, you CAN find that balance. This flowchart is a good way to […]

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Functional Labels Are a Joke

Can you imagine what life is like for someone whose end goal for the entire day is to get off the couch and take a shower? If they just do that, they’ve accomplished a seemingly insurmountable task. Today, they’ve spent several hours staving off a panic attack. Panicking due to (but not limited to)… – […]

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Sensory Overload

Sensory overload manifests itself in different ways within those who are autistic. Young children tend to lash out violently, because that is what tends to come naturally to them. I used to throw things at my mom, to the point of putting her in danger. It wasn’t because I was angry or hated her; it […]

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What is a Tantrum? What is a Meltdown? 

Tantrums are typically willful non-compliance. Personally, I’d rather someone terms it as me losing my s**t than calling it a tantrum. Hell, I call it that sometimes. Being in my mid-30s, I’m not a disobedient child… I just can’t handle processing my environment and don’t know how to react at that point. I have little […]

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