And moving from causes to coping strategies:
When Will launched into one of his overtired meltdowns last week, I suddenly decided to try art therapy. “Do you want to draw how you’re feeling – you could pick a color and try to draw how mad you are,” I suggested, doubting he would take me up on it. But Will agreed, stopped crying, chose a red crayon and got to work, and within 30 seconds he announced, “I’m not going to draw how mad I am; I’m just going to draw something else.” And he drew himself sitting on a treehouse with a rainbow hovering just above his head and a fire truck arriving at the scene. That picture doused the frustration completely.