Every parent of a young child has been in this situation at least once before in their lives. It is a Friday night and you have been working hard all week. The thought of cooking an entire meal is exhausting, so you decide that it is time for your family to enjoy a night out of eating at a restaurant. You tell your children that you will eat at your family’s favorite place and they are excited as you get dressed! You get seated at the restaurant and all of a sudden your youngest child starts exhibiting an escalation cycle of behaviors! He is screaming, kicking, refuses to sit down and cannot be consoled! You are embarrassed and angry and your wish is just that he calms down! The way you interact with him, however, can and should change drastically if he is having a tantrum or if he is having a sensory meltdown. A tantrum is a choice that your child is making, while a meltdown is a reaction your child is having to an over-stimulated environment. If you are the parent of a young child, read this article to learn the difference between each scenario and how to best handle each!
Read the full article here: The Difference Between Tantrums and Sensory Meltdowns