The Difference between Sensory Meltdowns and Tantrums

It can be difficult to know how to handle a sensory meltdown vs tantrum and how to know the difference.

What is a Sensory Meltdown?

A meltdown is a state of emotional or mental distress. It’s a response to being overwhelmed by sensory input.

What is a Tantrum?

A tantrum is an outburst of behavior characterized by intense emotions and physical actions.  It’s usually seen in young children as a result of frustration or wanting something that they cannot have.

How do you tell the difference between a meltdown vs tantrum?

The biggest difference between the two is the cause of the outburst.