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

-Unexpected

-Unpredictable

-New Or Unfamiliar


Changes to

-Routines

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







Tantrum VS Meltdown


Tantrums

"want" directed

Goal Control driven

Audience to perform

Checks engagement

Resolves if goal is accomplished


Meltdown

overstressed/overwhelmed

Reactive Mechanisms

Continues without attention

Safety may be compromised

Fatigue

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.