Sensory Meltdown VS Tantrum
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What causes a meltdown?  

Causes of Stress to meltdown

- Overstimulatiom

- Sensory

- Emotional

- Cognitive

- Excessive Demands

Situations that are



-New Or Unfamiliar

Changes to


-The Expected
(even minor changes can cause extreme stress)

Tantrum VS Meltdown


"want" directed

Goal Control driven

Audience to perform

Checks engagement

Resolves if goal is accomplished



Reactive Mechanisms

Continues without attention

Safety may be compromised


Not goal dependant

May require assistance to gain control

DISCLAIMER: I am not an Occupational Therapist. I am an adult who has Sensory Processing Disorder, a sensory parent and a Grandma. The information on this website is not medical advice and does not replace the information that your child's therapists gives you. These are just ideas and information that I have learned myself over the years of being a parent and an adult living with SPD. If you are concerned for your child, please always seek medical attention through a family doctor, pediatrician or therapist. This website is for informational purposes only. Each child is different and what works for one child may not for another. Please always consult with a professional.