posted on Sep, 30 2011 @ 02:38 PM
reply to post by Manhater
When an autistic child can't find the words to express their anxieties or anger they will sometimes hit.
My oldest daughter (17) tries to hit when she gets upset for this reason.
A method that works well is to ensure that they have a safe room for them to go when things don't seem to be going well. For example, our daughter
has a sensory room in our house (our spare bedroom)(my former den) where her things are. We put down a foam puzzle floor for her with her K-nex and
some books among other things that she uses to calm herself down. When we see her getting frustrated with a situation we remind her gently that it
might be a good idea to go there to calm down and write down what she needs to tell us. We're lucky, her school has also supplied several rooms for
autistic children where they have these same tools.
It does work. Patience and the ability to catch those signs of anxiety before they blow up. That is the ticket.
Hope this helps.
PS: It doesn't need to be a whole room, but it should be away from others and most importantly it is not a punishment area. It is a place for them
to calm down, de-stress and think.