Speech Therapy

Are Children's Temper Tantrums Linked to Communication Disorders?

Quiet often, spotting communication disorders in children, especially newborns and in kindergarten can be very tough. But, temper tantrums caused by meltdowns or fatigue can shed some light on speech disorders. Children with voice disorders can exhibit symptoms of fatigue, frustration, anxiety and sometimes aggression either at the school or at home. It is important for parents to recognise the problem behind these tantrums and seek the help of a therapist immediately.

Temper Tantrums in Children: Fatigue and exhaustion which lead to all the various other tantrums in children could also be linked to psychological or emotional problems. But, in most cases, the underlying problem is related to communication.

  • When at school and amidst a large group, children would need the help of their speech to get used to the new environment and surroundings. It is the brain that takes care of this issue.
  • Although, the brain does not weigh much and does not occupy much of the body weight, it uses almost one-fifth of the total burnt energy of the body to function normally. Any more energy consumed by the brain could mean that there is a problem with it.
  • Once the brain starts using up more energy than required, it automatically leaves a child fatigued. Also, the extra energy used is only to do the normal work, which means the brain is less efficient.
  • Once the brain is worn out and all the activities at school are communication based, the child would face behavioural issues which would lead to these tantrums. Many parents notice these kind of symptoms when children are first admitted into school.

Dealing with the Situation: Either they would start creating issues for fellow children and teachers at school or the parents at home would have to deal with it.

  • The point that is to be bore in mind is that it is not the child’s fault, not the school’s fault and neither it is the parent’s fault. The child needs help and parents must make sure he/she gets it.
  • To begin with, it is important to provide the child with enough language stimulation.
  • Also, the child must be given breaks from activities that challenge him/her.
  • During the breaks, it is important that the child should be allowed to perform the activities he/she pleases to.

Temper tantrums in children are to be dealt with keeping the underlying problem of communication disorders in mind.

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