An ASD Meltdown vs a Temper Tantrum

A Guide for Family, Friends, and the Public on How to Tell the Difference.

One of the most distressing experiences we feel when our children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have a meltdown is the lack of support from others. It is easy for those who don’t know, love or understand our children to think their meltdowns are immature or out of line behavior. On Alis Rowe’s website The Curly Hair Project, she offers a helpful chart for the public. This chart assists in distinguishing between an out of line temper tantrum and a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder’s need for understanding.

tantrum-vs-autistic-meltdown-table

The main component of the two categories is whether or not the child seeks attention. Like Alis states at the bottom of the chart, notice if the child is looking for your reaction.

For those that are new to understanding those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, we hope you find this chart useful.

Contact us today if you are in need of a consultation or Autism Spectrum Disorder services for your loved one in the Northern Virginia area.

 (540) 383-7133

 

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