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DS aged 5 becoming very agressive(10 Posts)
tell me it will eventually pass before I throttle the little fecker! It has been going on for a few weeks now, he is HFA. When the world does not go his way, or we don't do what he wants IMMEDIATELY, if we tell him he cant do/have something now we have huge screaming fits, threats to kill me and hitting me. After a particularly disastrous trip to the park today I came home and cried. He has been sweetness himself since our return. But I could have easily have walked out of the park and left him today. 45 mins of screaming tantrums and running off. Please tell me he will eventually understand that he cannot have his own way all the time and it will get easier. DH is now putting him to bed-and breeaaatheeeeee...........
Don't know what to say
Mine is 5 too, very agressive but doesn't have a dx yet.
I hope it gets better.
Thanks, I started the supernanny thread recently. I need to spend more time reading up on techniques etc but in the past 11 days the only break I have had from DS has been to visit a relative in hospital. By the time he has eventually fallen asleep I am too tired. I told him if it carried on there would be a sanction when he got home (no gadgets), he carried on so when we got home I didn't let him have his beloved gadget. He did apologise after being told to, and I asked him if he knew why he was apologising he said 'because I said I would kill you' so he did understand that bit. Its just been a very long 11 days with a screaming 5 yr old. Oh well, back to work tomorrow - a break for me!
Hi diet,there are a few of us here with dc diagnosed with PDA . Although your son has HFA the methods advised for children with PDA my also effective for your son. Might be worth a look, my ds is also aggressive and very difficult if things don't go his way ALL the time. He an also be totally charming!
it's vile isn't it?! We've had a day out today & if I had a pound for all the stares & funny looks at out DS's behaviour I'd be able to retire tomorrow.
Yes we had lots of stares and looks today, he just has this intense frustration and rage and then he will be giggling while i am still stressed and annoyed with him. I have found lots of PDA threads and will try and read them asap but its been impossible for the past few weeks. Thanks for the sympathy-i just needed to vent. Not many people in rl 'get it'.
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. kids with ASCs do often react to good excitement and bad stress in the same way. We kept life a lot more boring after DS was diagnosed. Not many long or new or exciting family outings, just went on short trips to familiar places when possible. Anything that disrupted his routine tended to make him bad-tempered and aggressive, so its always a bit of a juggling effort trying to balance out the need to give DS a bit of variety (because he does get bored!) and gradually learn to cope with more new situations, against keeping him (mostly) calm and manageable. At times I decided to say, sod it, I know hes probably going to go off on one sometime during the day or afterwards, but its worth it so well go ahead with the outing and to hell with anyone whos watching, I've had a few rude remarks from total strangers but I have practised a stare that can freeze hell . Other times Id say, not worth the effort, well just keep things calm and not do the trip.
To be honest, it might sound pathetic but at about that age I gave DS his own way whenever I could. Because he found it so hard to communicate some things, by the time Id worked out what he wanted he was already boiling with frustration and he couldnt bear to hear a no! So if at all possible Id go along with what he wanted. I relied a lot on routine to keep things going, he liked routine and if he knew what was coming next then he didnt usually argue over it. It was the unexpected things things he didnt expect to happen, hadnt planned for in his own head! - that tended to throw him into a rage. I used to draw little timetables for the day or stick magnetic cards on a board with breakfast park lunch quiet time telly shopping tea on them. And I did five-minute warnings and countdowns for when it was time to go home - for some reason he found numbers soothing so countdowns were great. We still got more than our fair share of tantrums though.
And before anyone says I spoiled him, Id like to point out that after Id been working hard on giving him his own way for a few weeks his class teacher said to me I dont know what youre doing at home but whatever it is keep going, his behaviour in school is much better! (I didnt dare admit I was just trying to let him have his own way ) And after a few months he asked me for the scissors (I kept charge of them after a scissor-chucking incident ) and I tried asking him do you need them now or can you wait five minutes while I finish this email? and he thought for a second and said five minutes - so then I knew I was winning.
PS do try not to murder him just yet DS was wildly aggressive at about age 5, but he has gradually calmed down and gained self control. He's a teenager now and although he can still be verbally snappish we havent had a physically violent outburst in a very long time.
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