Possible Aspergers?

Brittany - posted on 08/03/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hello, my DS will be 3 in october, and a few months ago started OT once a week for SPD. He is sensory seeking, and has a bit of tactile issues. I am still struggling with him being so aggressive and angry. I do childcare out of my home, and has been since he was born, and his interaction with the other kids is not appropriate! He hit them, and fights over the smallest things. Everything I do with him is a fight. Just a few days ago we took his paci away, but when he did have it he would have that and his blanket and lay on the floor and roll back and forth. I don't know if it is a soothing thing or what. When he eats he smacks his head or his ears, I am not sure why he does this. He won't make eye contact. He speaks great, he is very smart, he will have a conversation with me. He does have trouble getting sentences out, he will repeat himself a few times before he actually gets the sentence out. Does this sound anything like Aspergers? He is going to see a developmental pedi soon to get evaluated, I just wanted to get some opinions, and maybe see if anyone had any suggestions on how to deal with his aggression and anger! Thanks!

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Mel - posted on 09/09/2009

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HI there, im in a similar situation as you, that my son has had no formal disgnosis. But people (including his Kindy teacher) have suggested there is something going on with him and he is demonstrating Aspergers like symptoms (if you can call them that) . When you said the hitting on the head, my son does this a lot, and its for no apparant reason, he also has tics with his hands, sometimes with his whole body that only last a few seconds but he seems oblivious to it. He has a lot of idiosyncratic beahviours, and seems to ramble on about nothing and everything at the same time. He is very tunneled visioned and is EXTREMEMLY protective of his belongings, weather it be toys, clothes, a pillow, blanket, you name it! He is also hyper sensitive to things, like brushing teeth, washing hair, having water on his face or head, what foods he eats and doesnt eat, the list goes on and on. So I feel that im in the same position as you where I dont really know whats going on, and with the advice of others am just starting my road to looking into this.

When it comes to aggression and anger I have only really experienced this a few times with him, where he has thrown wild tantrums and i have been scared he would hurt him self. So the only thing that i could do and think to do was to pick him up and hold hime tight like i was giving him a bug hug until he calmed down. This helped. And now I can manage sending him to his room for time out or another designated place. I dont tell him to go, i pick him up and take him there and explain what im doing and why he is there and when he stops screaming or yelling, i will come and get him. This works sometimes. Im sorry i couldnt have been more help. But i understand and feel for you.

Becka - posted on 08/03/2009

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My suggestion is to seek a psycholigst not a medical doctor, some of the things you have talked about sound like aspergers but the spectrum is very large and it will take a great evaluation to get just what is special about your son. He is most likely not going to get along with children his age i have a friend whos son will be 3 next month and he does not due well with kids his age and he is autisic with being non verbal. I hope this helps and feel free to message me at any time

sincerely Becka

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