This video is about “What are NOT Typical Toddler Tantrums?”
“Kids vary in their temperament and in their responses to frustrating experiences. Temper tantrums are a typical phase of development for most children and are often exacerbated when children are tired, hungry, and disappointed. Tantrums are likely related to children’s struggle to express themselves and their need to assert control over their environment. Fortunately, most children’s tantrums begin to subside in intensity and frequency by 3 years of age, when their language skills enable them to express their needs and wants, and their capacity for self-regulation has grown.
— Temper tantrums might be cause for concern when –
~Child has more than 10 to 20 discrete tantrum episodes on separate days at home during a 30-day period.
~Child has more than five tantrums a day on multiple days while at school or outside of home/ school during a 30-day period.
~Tantrums regularly last longer than 25 minutes on average
~Child is unable to calm himself/herself (., frequently requires assistance from a caregiver) and shows very limited capacity for self-regulation regardless of tantrum intensity, frequency, or context.
~During tantrum, child consistently shows aggression (e.g., hitting, kicking, biting, spitting or throwing directed toward a caregiver or an object).
~Child attempts to hurt himself/herself (e.g., head-banging, scratching or hitting himself/herself) during tantrums.
~Tantrums are accompanied by other atypical behaviors, such as self-stimulating behaviors that may not be injurious, atypical social responses, or aspects of mood that seem unusual to the situation.
~Tantrums seem exaggerated (i.e., child has strong reaction to seemingly minor events or changes in routine) or without clear pattern or trigger (e.g., when the child is hungry or tired).
~The presence of these signs does not necessarily suggest an ASD or even pathology. It does suggest that the child may warrant evaluation and further discussion, and possibly screening for behavior and developmental challenges is indicated.”
Suggested Citation: Harstad L. Baum C, Yatchmink Y. Temper Tantrums. Developed for the Autism Case Training: A Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Curriculum. 2013.
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WORRIED ABOUT YOUR CHILD? WHAT TO DO NEXT
-Contact your doctor to get a referral for a developmental evaluation.
-If the child is under the age of 3 and in the United States, contact your state agency for a free developmental evaluation. If you have insurance they will bill the insurance. Use this link https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2013/03/15/how-early-can-autism-be-diagnosed
-If your child is over the age of 3 and in the United States, contact your local school district and ask for a free developmental evaluation.
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