6 year old having 2 year old tantrums

by Anita
(Richmond, VA)

I will say that I'm glad to hear that my child isn't the only one having extreme meltdowns so I don't feel as alone in this journey.


My son will be going into first grade in the fall and he's still having meltdowns at the littlest things - his teacher asks him to run laps, he can't manipulate his toy accordingly (i.e. it won't do what it's supposed to do), he can't get his carseat buckled. He's been suspended several times for kicking, hitting, spitting and trying to run off school property and has even been kicked out of daycare. With us he kicks and hits but he also throws things at us, says mean things, yells and screams. The director at his new daycare has a degree in special ed and has a lot of experience with kids with SPD but even she thinks he's too old to have tantrums this extreme. We have an appointment with his behavioral psychologist but are still at a loss at to what we can do to lessen these occurrences. Any suggestions?

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Several Things
by: Jennifer

First getting him to a behavioral psychiatrist sounds like a great idea! Maybe keep a journal of what sends him over the edge for several days or a week and see if it's sensory related. When my daughter, who is six and has SPD, deals with too much sensory overload, she cried and melts down WAY more, especially if she's been around a lot of noise. She is very sensory defensive. Change his clothes to soft clothes for a week (all cotton) and see if it helps. Have him do LOTS of jumping jacks and jumping on a trampoline or ball if you have one for proprioceptive input. If you can, have him evaluated by your pediatrician and a pediatric Occupational Therapist. Take a look at this website for more good ideas and info about neuro-behavioral disorders: http://brainbalancecenters.com . Good luck!

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Immaturity and sensory processing
by: SensoryOT

When sensory processing is delayed, so is maturity level. Also, children with disordered sensory processing can tend to be perfectionists because they do NOT have a good sense of self. This can be related to poor vestibular processing. When they do not feel secure in their physical body, then they constantly seek outside support to make sure they are "ok." These children tend to be constantly asking, is this right? do you love me? etc. They need a lot of attention and support because they haven't developed it internally. With remediation, and vestibular development this can be helped. Check out my website: www.sensorylearning-siny.com. Sensory issues ARE changeable and treatable.

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Reply to SPD or ASD
by: Anita

I don't understand your message. Would you please clarify? Thanks! FYI - My child has SPD and ADHD.

The description of your child collapses oppositional difficulty in the game is similar to my child, but not much hurt at school.there is a question , SPD or ASD? tries to investigate growth will be clearer. greetings

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SPD or ASD?
by: Anonymous

The description of your child collapses oppositional difficulty in the game is similar to my child, but not much hurt at school.there is a question , SPD or ASD? tries to investigate growth will be clearer. greetings

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