Whenever your child has a meltdown, your first instinct as a parent is to make it stop; no one likes to see their baby distressed. However, sometimes it just isn’t that simple. Children are learning how to cope with different situations every day.

A lot of the time, they just don’t know how to express their feelings. Having a child who is autistic can sometimes require a little extra help. Autistic children can experience something called sensory overload. This is when you have too many senses going to your brain at the same time.

For instance, a trigger might be being at an outdoor event where there are loud noises, smelly trash cans, and the sun blinding your eyes. This can even be too much for even a neurotypical adult. For autistic children, it can be the makings of a sudden outburst of emotions or what most people call a tantrum.

Autistic children sometimes have outbursts because they feel unheard or struggle to process all their emotions at once. That is why paying attention and listening to their needs is essential. A lot of times, children just need something to distract their minds away from the instigating event. Honestly, this seems to stand true with children of all ages and with or without any sensory or processing disorders.

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