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Parent Blog

What is a meltdown?

A meltdown, or tantrum, is an emotional reaction children display when faced
with a distressing trigger. A meltdown can include falling, screaming, crying, hitting, running away and more. Some common meltdown triggers can be fear, sensory overload, anger, or transitioning to something new, especially an unwanted task. 

We’ve worked up a list of ways to handle a meltdown during the stages of that meltdown. Hopefully, this can be helpful the next time you are in a meltdown situation with your child.

Ways to handle a meltdown: 

  • Before 

    • Learn your child's triggers 
    • Look for early signs of a meltdown
    • Try to deescalate the situation
  • During 

    • Make sure the area is safe
    • Be patient
    • Reduced Sensory Input (harsh light or sound)
    • Speak quietly
    • Give them space
    • Dim the lights
  • After

    • Allow some cool downtime
    • Speak slowly
    • Offer choices that reassure your child
    • When calm, talk about coping skills for next time
    • Once the meltdown is completely over, initiate direct conversation or try
      attempting the triggering activity again in a new way if it must be accomplished. Examples can include taking your child to bed, putting on their shoes, getting them to school, etc.

At Pediatrics Plus, we work to give every child the tools they need to overcome their meltdowns. Our therapists also maintain constant communication with parents to make sure they are aware of any special techniques that we might be used in therapy sessions. They are then able to carry those on in their home to help further their child’s progress. 

If your child is having frequent meltdowns and you are interested in beginning services with Pediatrics Plus, be sure to reach out to us on our Contact Us page to learn more or get started today.

Sources for this article include: Childmind.org, aane.org, understand.org