Dealing with Autism Tantrums

You are the parent of a three year old and you begin to sense something is wrong with your child. You find that he throws tantrums very often, cries incessantly and does not establish eye contact while looking at you. You find that he hardly babbles and is not speaking a lot…may be very few words. It is important that when you begin to sense that something is wrong, you contact your pediatrician to find out what can be done. You will need to confirm whether he is a victim of the communication disability that affects at least six in thousand children.

Autism has become a common disorder among children though the actual cause for the same has not been found out. It is a challenge to take care of such children and as a parent or a caregiver you would surely be concerned how to deal with autism tantrums. Firstly it is important to learn to be sensitive to their needs.

The tantrum is mostly a result of their frustration of not being able to communicate what they want. Secondly it is important to be firm when you have to. They would want to have their own way and will be obsessed with some particular thing. Most of the time they may cross their boundaries and you cannot give what he asks so be firm otherwise it will become an habit.

A good idea will be to ignore the tantrum. But you can ignore it only if your autistic child or toddler is not hurting himself. If he is hurting himself you may need to hold him firmly which requires physical strength as they are generally strong. Check with a specialist dealing with autistic children as to how to deal with them. Always try to redirect the child’s interest.

It is important to punish the child if you really need to be firm on something. Remember that autistic kids are quite intelligent and surely understand that they are being punished and will not repeat their mistake again. These simple punishments may involve withholding special treats and privileges. Dealing with autism needs a lot of patience to enable your child to be able to manage himself when he grows up.

Esther Gideon


The author is a postgraduate in business management and is a mother of a four year old and an eight month old.