If you’re a parent of a neurotypical child, you’ve surely experienced the temper tantrums that come along with denying your child that candy bar in the grocery aisle, or (gasp!) making them wear the Sesame Street t-shirt instead of the preferred dinosaur t-shirt!
If you’re a parent of a child with autism, it’s less likely that you can predict what will cause behavioral and emotional breakdowns from day to day, situation to situation, environment to environment.
It is important to recognize the differences between how these behaviors are characterized: tantrums versus meltdowns. They are not the same and cannot be addressed in the same way.