Rachel - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )
I have a 14 year old autisic/mentally impaired son. He is on Risperdal and zoloft for behaviors. He attends a school for special needs. Up until around the age of 12 his behaviors were pretty much under control, then the hormones (or so I am told by almost everyone) took over and he is pretty much impossible to manage or so it seems. He is non verbal, knows only a few signs. He knows what you say to him most of the time and other times he is so lost. He has some sensory issues we deal with "constantly"- he either picks the skin off his hands or pulls his tounge and face or pounds his hands on whatever is near people/tables/walls/and the newest one is glass windows. Since the day he was born we have taken him out with us everywhere -stores, resturants, car rides, vacations (Disney 3 times),everywhere. It always wasn't a piece of cake but we managed. Since around the age of 12 he is so hard to manage at home, school, everywhere. His car/bus rides are aweful, he pounds the windows, takes off his clothes,& gets out of his seatbelt. I have gotten numerous complaints from the bus transportation not knowing what to do with him, I don't know what to do with him and I'm afraid to take him anywhere by myself. He has no interests beside watching his videos and jumping on the trampolene. I have tried taking away his videos as punishment but not sure he understands. Anyone else have a teenager with troubles? Any suggestions? Help!