New mom of 22 month old with spd, need help!!!

Aimee - posted on 04/04/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 22 month old son was just diagnosed with spd. He is very very impulsive. He will walk up to a cup and knock it over even after being told no. He will continue to do it until the cup is removed from his sight. Any suggestions on how to discipline him? Time out doesnt work he will scream the whole time and then get down and do it again! I am very new to spd so any suggestions would be great! Thank you so much!

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Janet - posted on 07/14/2014

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I have the same problem and same age toddler, he hits and kicks the dog among everything else but can be so cuddly and sweet other times. Hoping OT will help, we are in PT now. Will let you know if I find anything that helps :)

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Lori - posted on 08/23/2014

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Get an OT that is (and I mean REALLY IS) trained in SPD. Also, check to see if anyone in your area does F;oortime therapy. If you can get those professionals on board to guide you, it will help immensely. Check for help with the local Birth-to-Three program which can be a great FREE resource if you haven't already. Look to see if you can identify triggers that precede the undesired behaviors...and hang in there...You are where I was two years ago and it was the hardest thing to deal with but it will get better!

Cassie - posted on 07/23/2014

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Hi there, I can only talk about what has worked with my son, but I have found that natural consequences are the best way for me to handle his impulses. In the case of tipping the cup - when he did things like that, I would put water in the cup (bowl, etc.), tell him if he tipped it over he would have to clean up his mess. Of course at first he would still tip it, so he had to mop up the water, put the paper towels in the trash, wash his hands, the whole thing. In the big scheme of things, spilled water isn't a big deal, and the monotony of having to clean up a spill 10x helped him get over the urge. Slamming the toilet seat is another example of things he would do - he has to lift and put it down gently several times before he can go back to playing. I think sometimes time-outs (while useful for some bad behaviors) are hard for our kids to comprehend because they're not related at all to what they have done wrong.

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