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Posted by Katie on September 09, 2000 at 13:25:15:

In Reply to: About Behavior Problems - to Jan, Michelle, & Jennifer posted by Colleen on August 04, 2000 at 22:22:56:

: Hi there. You are not alone. I know how frustrating it can be dealing with a child like yours. My fiance's son (Josh) is 8 years old. He has Down Syndrome, autism, and diabetes. He is aggressive and has bad behaviors. I laughed when I read that your child pulls shoe laces out of shoes. So does Josh.He sometimes throws things off our third floor balcony which is very dangerous. It sounds like you've done all that you are supposed to do. All I can say is be patient. It is very difficult. How are we supposed to discipline our children. We have tried just about everything short of spanking. I will not spank him. Somebody recommended to me flicking him. This may seem cruel. But it is effective. We don't flick hard, just enough to get his attention, not hurt. He doesn't like it and in some situations it works very well. When I first heard of this I was appalled. It was like a last resort. Just a little flick on the hand or arm, of course, don't leave a mark. Well, good luck to you.

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