Priscilla - posted on 04/18/2013 ( 9 moms have responded )
Hi my name is Priscilla, I am a single mother of two . My son Joshua is 5 years old and my daughter Briana is 3 years old.
My son Joshua was diagnosed with mild autism/ asperger/ they have so many other names for this when he was a year old.
The past 3 years we have been transitioning from a divorce to moving, to changing nannies and i know that for Josh it's very difficult. A change in anything from our daily routine to just life causes a meltdown :-(, but lately I 've noticed his meltdowns are getting aggressive, (not harmful) just him yelling, saying mean things, and I already know it's because he is overly stimulated, tired, hungry, or just wants handys (that's his soothing comfort , he will grab my hand and just place it on his face, his head, or just jump up and down with it, gets excited, it sort of calms him down sometimes it's excessive) then there is the part that he does things that needs to be disciplined and this is where I am totally LOST, overwhelmed and wanting to pull my hair out! HOW do i discipline him? i've tried timeouts, i've tried, raising my voice, (he has a sensory problem so yelling i try NOT to do as frustrating as it can be) i've tried the whole chart stuff and rewards, im running out of options and driving myself CRAZY! SIGH.... I understand that he sometimes just doesn't get it and consistency and routine has to be implemented, BUT there are just things (like saying mean things or hitting, putting things in his mouth) he shouldn't be doing. how do you discipline your autistic child?