It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Autism Spectrum Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-22-2009, 04:49 PM   #1
Registered User
(female)
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Mass
Posts: 1
emelo16 HB User
what can i do for my teen who is autistic and very violent

what can i do for my teen who is autistic and very violent self injurous seemingly from ocd. If everything isn't a particular way he bangs his head until it bleeds and attacks everyone.

 
Old 03-23-2009, 09:09 AM   #2
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Brooklyn New York USA
Posts: 742
Liamsmom HB User
Re: what can i do for my teen who is autistic and very violent

Have you considered meds?

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 03-23-2009, 12:41 PM   #3
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 228
Mira11 HB User
Re: what can i do for my teen who is autistic and very violent

hi - i have to admit that i'm surprised that he's not already under the care of a dr. who is prescribing meds. if he is, call that dr. and say what's happening. if he is not, call for an appt. and say it's an emergency and get him seen asap.

let us know what develops. people with ocd, autism or not, need to be on meds with the severe kinds of behavior you're describing.

Last edited by Mira11; 03-23-2009 at 12:42 PM.

 
Old 03-25-2009, 08:34 AM   #4
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 105
StuckinaRut HB User
Re: what can i do for my teen who is autistic and very violent

Emelo 16 -

I work at a NeuroRehabilitation center. My work is with children with a variety of disorders who have violent tendencies. There are several children that we work with that are autistic and are violent. I can give you good news and bad news. There are some that we have seen that you can decrease the level of violence, but never eliminate it, and this is usually through intervention.

There is a particular client I can think of however, that we have complete success with who is autistic, non-verbal, and OCD. In school they remove all outside distractions in his area. There is nothing stored in his particular area, to remove those distractions. In his residence, he is allowed areas where he may be OCD about his items - such as his room, and one particular bookcase in a common area. Beyond that, he is instructed that he can not change the order of things. This took a long time to adjust him to - but with regular consistency of saying that is not yours, or redirecting him to his room when he is fixated on something, the behaviors will change. Unfortunately, with the violent tendencies, there is an element you are at a disadvantage with because often physical intervention is necessary for cases like his. These are humane, yet restrictive interventions that keep him and others safe. Do not be afraid to wrap your arms around him, holding him as still as possible when he begins to cause bleeding.

A lot of times, as well, it is a way of communication for those that are non-verbal, or autistic. Whether they want something and can't communicate it, or are simply seeking attention. Look into utilizing techniques of redefining where he is allowed to access his OCD, as well as isolating him from environmental triggers.

I'm sorry to hear you are living with this, but there are things you can do. If things you are doing at home are not working, seek out a Behavioral Specialist, they will be able to give you better ideas than any doctor - meds can only take you so far, and often they do not curb the violence.

Good luck.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Seattle teen who died after fentanyl was prescribed Amsterdam Pain Management 12 10-26-2009 06:01 PM
how to assist a violent autistic teenager allison49 Autism Spectrum 7 02-05-2009 11:42 AM
Strange new developments in autistic teen following Keppra oklamom Epilepsy 3 04-23-2007 04:43 AM
What's to come? pddmother Autism Spectrum 14 06-15-2006 05:34 AM
12yr old with autistic spectrum disorder cazajacks Autism Spectrum 7 12-28-2005 06:46 AM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added




Top 10 Drugs Discussed on this Board.
(Go to DrugTalk.com for complete list)
Adderall
Clonidine
Depakote
Folic
Lamictal
  Prozac
Risperdal
Ritalin
Strattera
Zoloft




TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



mscat40 (15), Suzanne44 (5), JackyCJ (4), Administrator (3), peyto (3), sjs40 (2), tysonsmum (2), March97 (2), jacobsdad (2), elmhar (2)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1182), MSJayhawk (1015), Apollo123 (913), Titchou (862), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (763), ladybud (760), midwest1 (671), sammy64 (668), BlueSkies14 (607)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:00 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!