Schyla - posted on 03/07/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )
My four year old has a sensory integration disorder she is delayed in her speech and in some of her development for the most part she is a bubbly energetic little girl who loves her little sister and her puppy the best. But she has these temper tantrums that last for hours. She kicks hits bites and throws things we've started a time out routine with the help of a behavior therapist and we remove her from the situation, her Occupational Therapist suggested a weighted blanket to put on her but none of this is helping she screams at her father and I and is completely inconsolable. She is out of control and the older she get the worse the tantrums get. I am not sure what to do. I want to help her learn to calm herself but everyone keeps telling me that ignoring her tantrums is the best course to take. but I fail to see how letting my four year old scream for three hours is teaching her to calm herself all it dose is were her out and make her sick. So dose anyone have any suggestions on teaching her how to calm down. Sometimes when we notice a trigger we are able to talk her through what she is feeling. (example she wanted cake for dinner we got down on her level knowing that just telling her no would trigger a tantrum and told her You can have a piece of cake after you eat some noodles and meat. I know thats not what you want but its what is best. That helps but we can't always catch them and when she blows it's like a volcano erupting she just keeps going until she falls asleep due to exhaustion. I do not want to turn every thing from bath time to bed time into a battle but that is how we are living our life right now. So anything would be a huge help.