Lock on son's bedroom for safety?

Mom - posted on 07/15/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have a 9 yr old adopted son with ADHD & ODD & High Impulsivity Disorder, possibly PTSD and on the verge of bipolar possibly according to a neurologist. He refuses to stay in his bedroom when in time out or at night. Crib, baby gate, time out chair, taken things away, all standard positive disapline attempted, but I'm scared for his safety. He's been known to eat toothpaste, medications, cough drops, gorge on food/desserts in the kitchen, vomit, lie, bump into or fall without realizing he's hurt himself, bangs his head on the wall or bed while awake causing bruises, and I'm scared. After a LOT of thought we installed a hook latch on his bedroom door, showed him how to get out by flipping the latch up with a marker from inside the room and told his sisters if he was bad while Mom & Dad were at work to send him to his room. They're always home, trained to babysit, will let him out to use the bathroom if he asks (which he stopped asking opting for spreading feces around his room and urinating out the window or on the floor) and will NOT lock him back in his room if he comes out when he asks. It's for his safety and there's always a babysitter. My son sees a number of medical professionals who have mixed opinions about the lock. We removed it and are back to fearing for my son's safety. Any ideas on how to keep a child with impulsivity disorder and ODD safer in his own home? Already locked meds in closet, but he stole the key so third lock has been installed.

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Mom - posted on 07/15/2012

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Several times he's gone outside without permission refusing to come into the house or listen to his sitters. One day he went for a bike ride while his father was napping and a family friend said she almost hit him with the car. Several times we've found wrappers/soda cans hidden in/out of the house, but we don't want to live in a home with locks on EVERYTHING. Besides, he thinks it's fun to break into anything that's locked up. He's stolen $$$ from family members, caused distruction to siblings' 'things' when angry/frustrated and I can't seem to find a sitter I can afford to watch him more than once.

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