This is quite an interesting 8 minute program on the Science of Tantrums.
The Science of Tantrums
These researchers have identified a pattern that many tantrums follow, from anger to sadness and a whole journey in between.
Some of the recommendations are sound- no sense in attempting to argue or provide rational answers to an irrational child who is screaming their head off. After all.. could you process what someone was telling you if you were in that state? Of course not. Ride it out with silence or short simple phrases or actions.
The last bit of advice they provide is when those all encompassing tantrums begin sucking you in to your own tantrum of frustration consider taking a step back and observing. After all sometimes the best we can do is nothing while learning what to do later.
"My approach to intervention is rooted in respect for child development and focuses on making the mundane meaningful, looking at daily interactions as opportunities for learning and growth while respecting the uniqueness of the individual and family. It’s about setting high expectations for long term quality of life and relationships for individuals on the spectrum and implementing a specific and doable plan to get there one step at a time.”
– Lauren Wilson, LCSW, RDI® Program Certified Consultant