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When My Autistic Son Realized I Was Having a Meltdown

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There’s this thing out there in the Spectrumite world. It’s called a meltdown. To some, it may look like a tantrum or a panic attack or even a seizure.

And while all of those things are absolutely real, so is the meltdown. Let’s get one thing out of the way before we go any further.

A tantrum is not a meltdown. Repeat after me: A. Tantrum. Is. Not. A. Meltdown. A tantrum, often observed in toddlers and young children, is a common response to a desire not being met, such as receiving a wanted toy or particular food.

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