Thea - posted on 03/19/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )
Please only respond if you have had the same issues and have found a good strategy.
My son is 4 years old and has been diagnosed with classic autism. He is very low functioning and I expect he will soon be diagnosed with an intellectual impairment.
He is non-verbal and we use pictures to communicate. Recently he has been lashing out violently when he doesn't get his own way. For example, I offer him water instead of milk and he immediately lashes out and starts to hit me (like a helicopter!) Quite often he has made contact with my face. I am trying to not over-react when this happens. Lately I have been removing him from the house into the backyard every time he gets physical. I do this probably 20 times a day. It gives he and I time to calm down. Yesterday he really frightened and hurt his 5 year old sister. Do you think this is a just a phase he is going through?