Jennifer - posted on 04/04/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )
Hello moms! I am new to blogs and forums. But Im looking for a lifeline. I am married with 4 children. My husband and I are both students. My husband is about to begin his dream career after graduating this past December and I have a few more semesters left before I begin teaching. My children are 12, 10, 6 and 3. I returned to school because of a disability that doesn't allow me to work right now. (bad back surgery). Online school allows me to study at my own pace. So I get to spend a lot of time raising my kids which I consider a tremendous blessing. My youngest, K, is the challenge. I have never experienced anger like she has. And its not always a response to me telling her no or that she can't have something. I have found that diversion helps with those cases. She gets so frustrated even on her own that she can't stop screaming, crying, or moving her legs. I will calmly tell her that she needs to try and relax, calm down, and tell mommy what is wrong. She wont answer. I tell her again calmly to calm down. She tells me then that she can't. I ask her why, but she can't answer. I try and encourage her to use her words, but I get nothing. Eventually she just wears herself out. Time outs, quiet time, ignoring, etc., Ive tried it all. Thats when I realized that this is something I am not educated about, as my other children never experienced anything remotely close to what I am going through with K. It breaks my heart. I want her to tell me what is wrong, even if it makes not a lick of sense. But all she can say to me is "I can't" when I ask her to calm down. We do know that she has a few issues as been discovered in a spectrum of autism, but given our current insurance situation, we were unable to move forward with OT. We will be able to in the next 6 months, and so that is why I am seeking help from other moms.
Thanks for listening!