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He is 7. Also, he is diagnosed as autism spectrum disorder and is on intuniv.
ok. We do know the children with autistic spectrum disorder do have rigid thinking
Some children respond with anger because they feel helpless. To understand why one child becomes more angry than other children takes some time and effort. What triggered the outburst? The thing to realize is that our anger is generally a reaction to frustration. In children, however, anger appears to be a more generic emotion.
The good news is he is doing great at school.So, hopefully with some behavioral modification and understanding the reasons things might improve
He constantly gets angry and hits every night. There doesn't seem to be one specific things. I feel we've tried different things and nothing seems to work. We try to take him to his room for time out, but he won't go.
What do you recommend as modification?
Ok.Does the anger directed particularly to mum?
Both of us. But he gets a little angrier at mom.
One thing most often helpful is first to look for the pattern. I find looking with ABC pattern is very helpful.By this I mean, A-Antecedent,B-Behavior, C- consequence. In your sons case we know the behaviour.We need to look for A and C
Do you see any particular patterns..It might useful for you to keep a diary quietly with this ABC chart for at least 4 to 5 days, which should include one weekend
I shall give an example ...If he is not ready to go upstairs for sleep, and you say he has to go and he doesn't like it and hits mum and storm upstairs---A--you saying NO to TV continuation, B--He hitting mum and screaming out--C-going upstairs disapprovingly
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It is important to remember that anger is not the same thing as aggression. Anger is a feeling, while aggression is a behavior. Explain that anger is OK, aggression is not.
In your sons situation because of his autistic spectrum he needs well advanced discussion of any changes to his routine.Sometimes Autistic children becomes very upset and angry if they feel anything is interfering with their routine.So,It would be very important to explain to him,consistent and assertive when needed. Finally i can not stress the importance of behavioral reward system which is I think you already doing.
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