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What is the difference between autistic tantrums and normal tantrums?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: A rose is a rose;

a tantrum is an outburst of temper with screaming, hitting, kicking, etc.
typically used by kids with limited language to obtain a desired object or avoid a non-preferred task. Ignoring tantrums & modeling developmental-age-appropriate self-calming skills extinguishes tantrums in neurotypical toddlers. Kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder require intensive, repetitive behavioral therapy

In brief: A rose is a rose;

a tantrum is an outburst of temper with screaming, hitting, kicking, etc.
typically used by kids with limited language to obtain a desired object or avoid a non-preferred task. Ignoring tantrums & modeling developmental-age-appropriate self-calming skills extinguishes tantrums in neurotypical toddlers. Kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder require intensive, repetitive behavioral therapy
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