2 1/2 year old with frequent and major tantrums

by Lisa
(Round Lake, IL)

My 2 1/2 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with SPD. Shes in Behavior therapy, OT & PT & soon to start listening therapy.

She has MAJOR meltdowns an tantrums over nothing constantly.

Every time we go anywhere or say anything to her, she melts down & screams so loud & will not stop.
Nothing comforts her!
It seems like shes getting worse instead of better.

She will roll on the ground screaming for a half hour sometimes over nothing & the more we talk to her & try to comfort her, the more she screams & melts down.

Is this normal?
What can I do to help her?

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Feb 12, 2012
Meltdown control
by: Anonymous

Do not under any circumstances reward the behavior/meltdowns. Take her out to the car or some other place to isolate her. Do not physically comfort her. Do not speak to her or look at her. Ignore her until she calms down. This may take a very, very long time. Next, have her say to you that she is sorry for how she acted. If she doesn't say she's sorry then repeat the above (ignore her) until she does say she's sorry. Finally, this is most important, do not under any circumstances let her have or do whatever it was she wanted. She's only 2 1/2, you are the adult, you have control, she doesn't. It worked with all 4 of our kids.

Jun 14, 2011
by: Anonymous

It is very common in children with ASD and SPD. One has to understand their behavior is caused by a discomfort that can not express otherwise. When you throw on the ground screaming, Embrace her and tell her that soon feeling better. With time and adequate support to the symptoms will be milder.

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