meltdown behavior - 10 tips to calm your child
Jessica Glenbocki

Meltdown behavior: 10 tips to Calm Your Child

meltdown behavior - 10 tips to calm your child
Jessica Glenbocki

Meltdown behavior: 10 tips to Calm Your Child

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One of the biggest challenges for many families is dealing with meltdown behavior. “What calming methods have you found successful?” is often a common question.  Below are the top 10 ways we have learned to calm your child during a meltdown.

Top 10 ways to calm a child having a meltdown

1. First, prevention is the best policy. Learn to identify and avoid triggers.

2. Secondly, do your research — especially if triggers aren’t obvious – to determine what factors were in place that resulted in a meltdown: make a list of things going on before the behavior took a turn for the worse and see if you can find patterns.

3. Next, use deep pressure, including weighted blankets and massage, to ease your child into a calmer state.

4. Fourthly, create a diversion that will take your child’s attention elsewhere. This could be singing a song, taking a walk, making silly faces, or whatever usually makes your child laugh.

5. Additionally, keep yourself calm and seek a calm environment to encourage de-escalation.

6. Also, aromatherapy can be calming, especially lavender and chamomile oils.

7. Provide positive verbal reinforcements as your child shows signs of calming down.

8. A pop-up tent can ease your child through alone time. Place soothing objects inside, such as a bean bag, a soft blanket, a favorite book, etc.

9. A Gluten-Free diet over time may result in reducing meltdown tendencies.

10. Lastly, consider noise-canceling headphones to lessen noise, which can lead to sensory overload.


Finally, consult your doctor if your child’s behaviors are becoming an issue.


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About the Author

I am an occupational therapist with 12 years of experience working with children of all ages and diagnoses. I graduated from Cleveland State University with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. After working in the field for a number of years, I obtained my certification in sensory integration. I currently work with school-based children in a virtual setting, focusing on fine motor, visual motor, self-help and sensory processing skills. I am also pursuing my Doctorate of Occupational Therapy through Shawnee State University’s on-line program. My pediatric experience includes working with children of all ages in various settings such as hospital based out-patient clinic, private out-patient clinic, early intervention, and school-based; brick and mortar and virtual schools. It is my hope to help educate and provide you with the tools to allow your child to reach their greatest potential. Treatment approaches focus on play and client/child centered interventions. My passion is helping children and families live their lives to the fullest!

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