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Dr. Yogindra Vasavada
Dr. Yogindra Vasavada, Pediatrician
Category: Pediatrics
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Experience:  M.D.(ped) passed at first attempt, in practice continuously for last 37 years. Certi. in Comp
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Me and ex are going thru divorce. We have a 3 y.o. Boy who

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Me and ex are going thru divorce. We have a 3 y.o. Boy who has autism. We got temporary order for shared custody and visitation with alternate weeks. Since our son was diagnosed with autism 1 yr ago he was spending 70% of time with me.
After our son spent 1 whole week at dad"s house he start showing different behavior. He start having severe tantrums. He would get upset and start screaming in high pitch voice, he will also get agressive, beats me up and kicks me. Right after tantrum he wil get very quiet and doesnt talk, instead he will just point on things.
Our son had tantrums before but they were never so severe.
Also when I drop him off with dad he gets very sad and start crying.
When we are trying to arrange Facetime with dad, our son gets really upset, screams, kicks the phone and says "I dont like daddy" and refuse to talk to him.
Could this behavior be provoked by changes in schedule?
Is there anything I can do to stop it?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 5 months ago.

Hi, sorry about your predicament. Please consult a behavioural developmental pediatrician for detailed work-up and suggestions for remedial measures. It would be difficult to predict or advise regarding how to tackle his actions. Sure he is going through such scenes because of his special needs and condition. A therapist trained in Autism can help.