Strategies for Parents to Deal with a Meltdown

Managing meltdowns and taming tantrums

It is important to keep in mind that tantrums usually have a purpose - where your child is looking for a certain response. They continue to be in control of their behavior and they can adjust the level of their tantrum based on the feedback they receive from you. “Giving in” to a tantrum, your child is likely to repeat the behavior the next time that they are denied what they want.

Meltdowns are a response to something and they are usually beyond your child’s control. A meltdown is not likely to stop when they get what they want. In fact, he or she may not even know what it is that they want. A meltdown tends to end in one of two ways. The first is fatigue, where your child wears themselves out. And the second is a change in the amount of sensory input. So, if the back-to-school shopping trip proves to be too much for them, leaving the store may help your child to feel calmer and less overwhelmed.