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Posted by tish on September 07, 2000 at 02:31:13:

In Reply to: I don't know how to feel posted by JenD on September 06, 2000 at 22:20:07:

: I am new to this message board, and for some reason I was very hesitant to write anything. I have two little boys ages 6 and 7 who were diagnosed with PDD and autism. They are both extremely hyperactive and not very nice. My mother is helping to raise them and she claims she enjoys them, but I simply can't understand how anyone can enjoy them when their behavior is so horrible. We've tried Ritalin, Dexedrine and now Adderal ( I know I didn't spell the medications correctly) to no avail. They are always screaming and jumping and fighting and biting and generally they just depress me very badly. I feel very bad when other people talk about their children and how well they're doing or what cute thing they said because I can't join in. I just try to stay quiet and hope no one asks about my boys. I feel horrible for feeling so ashamed of them, but I just can't help it. I am very sad and I don't know what to do, any advice on how to deal with this?

REPLY: have a 3 year old autistic son, and i found that the gluten free/casein free diet helped him tremendously with aggression in general and biting (do a search on "autismNDI" to find more info on this diet). Also some form of Behavior Modification Therapy did wonders for him also (such as ABA or Discrete Trial Therapy). i know this is extremely hard to do in this situation, but please try to stay positive. I have found that my son is extremely sensitive to the emotions of people around him, and if i think "he can do this", he lives up to my expectations and is successful. If i think "he'll never be able to do this,' Guess what? He can't. Try to get some behavior therapy for your sons (check with your local mental health/mental retardation department). God Bless you and good luck (I said a prayer for you and your boys) Tish

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