What’s The Difference Between Meltdowns & Tantrums For A Child With ASD?

What is the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum for a child on the spectrum? Deb Lipsky explains that meltdowns are involuntary reactions to stresses, either through cognitive overload or sensory overload. A tantrum, on the other hand, “is a willful manipulation of behavior to get an end desired result.”

Listen as Lipsky, a woman on the spectrum herself, explains further. Take a look!

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