Tantrums not associated with either speech or IQ in autistic kids

A recent study from Penn State University, reported in HealthDay, looked at the frequency of tantrums in autistic kids as a factor of their level of speech development and/or IQ.  Results suggested that it was neither speech problems nor IQ that predicted the occurrence of tantrums, but rather that these children needed to be taught more effective ways of getting what they need and their ability to be flexible.  The message for parents: don’t wait until your child’s speech improves to expect the tantrums to lessen, but act now with behavioural coaching.

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