Peggy Halliday discusses a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders, such as why do children with autism tantrum and what can parents do about it
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Host: Why do children with autism throw tantrums and what can parents do about it? Peggy Halliday: If you are a young child and you don t have any language, you don t any way to tell parents, what you want, then you can become very frustrated and it is very easy to get fall down on the floor and cry and that becomes the functional way of communicating with our parents or our care givers. If you fall down on the floor, we as parents have a tendency not to want our children to be upset, so we do every thing we can to figure out, okay, what does my child want? Do you want this? Do you want this milk? Do you this cookie? Often, when we hit on the things that the child wants they stop tantruming and they have successfully communicated with us. But, what we have taught them is that in order to get what they want they can fall down on the floor and tantrum and so we enforce that behavior and so, we are more likely to see it happen again because it worked.