Observe natural situations. Create a reason for frustration if necessary.
Ask the adult to do whatever sets off a tantrum. (Tell the child to stop doing something, for example). Explain what you are trying to elicit prior to initiating this activity to ensure parents are comfortable.
Watch the child’s response to limit setting and see what strategies work to help the child calm. Try distraction, a favorite blanket or toy, or cuddling.
Having tantrums is typical for this age. Help parents learn how to help the child calm himself. Utilize whatever strategies were found to be useful in the assessment session.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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