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Hi. My 4 yr old granson is having severe( ) trantums. He is

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Hi. My 4 yr old granson is having severe(?) trantums. He is 'borderline Atistic". My daughter just gave birth this last week & is "terrified" of her son having a trantum if she is alone with them. My grandson is communicative most of the time, very sweet, listens, understands...however the trantums are so bad, im not sure he even remembers? What book(s) do you recommend? thank you so much
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  Bonnie replied 3 years ago.
Hello and thank you for consulting JA,

There is a great book and DVD (first two below)for dealing with this behavior. I must say that you are using a good approach for the tantrum once it happens. The ideal is to become very sensitive to his subtle cues that a tantrum is about to happen and intervene early. Not always so easy, I know. The intervention should be a sensory diet. I have listed several resources for you on this too (3rd and 4th items). Good Luck.

http://www.amazon.com/Asperger-Syndrome-Difficult-Moments-Practical/dp/1931282706/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312056457&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Difficult-Moments-Children-Spectrum-Disorders/dp/1931282692/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1312056457&sr=8-3

http://www.amazon.com/Asperger-Syndrome-Sensory-Issues-Practical/dp/0967251478/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1312056620&sr=8-3


This website will give you immediate information....
http://sensorysmarts.com/sensory_diet_activities.html

I hope these help and good luck...

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

What do you mean by " sensory diet"? Also, specifically what YOU would do if faced with this type of behavior given the info regarding my grandson.

Thank you.

Expert:  Bonnie replied 3 years ago.
Hello,
The last website explains the sensory diet. I would get an occupational therapist involved who would assess his behaviors and recommend an individualized sensory diet. Severe tantrums are not unusual in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Often, they do no have control over their uncomfortable emotions. I would look for signs that a tantrum is coming....over tired, hungry, sick....and intervene with a calming strategy before they become full blown. There are many, many of these calming strategies (sensory diet)...an example is, having an enclosed place to go when he feels out-of sorts (a child tent in corner of room), being rolled up in a blanket like a hotdog. In the middle of a tantrum, there is little I would do but wait until he calms and then, comfort him.
Most parents do not like this one...but...I would also have him seen by a child psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician with expertise in Autism and look at the option of medication which would decrease his aggressiveness (Risperidol or Intuniv, for instance).
Be sure to look at that last website. Good luck
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