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|Fri, 10-12-2012 - 3:17pm|
We have our first appointment next week for one of my twins. While overall he's pretty even keeled when it comes to his personality, he's struggled a lot over how he handles situations that get him really angry. The anger usually manifests itself in an unappropriate manner such as meltdowns, throwing items, etc. We've tried working with him, along with his teachers, but can't quite seem to get a handle on it so our pediatrician gave us a referral.
He is in his first year of middle school, so it's reaching the point that he is going to be teased over it. He had his first meltdown at school during an event, they were playing pool and he got angry that the other boys weren't following the rules. Throwing a pool stick so hard that it broke wasn't an acceptable way to handle it
That's one of the things that can push him over the edge, he's very black and white when it comes to rules, the other is if there is a game where prizes are at stake (bingo comes to mind). Last year in 5th he was banned from playing kickball during recess because he kept having meltdowns that would carry over into the classroom because of the lack of rules during the game. He plays team sports year around and we don't have these issues during practice and games for the most part.
What should I be expecting from the psychologist? I saw the pediatrician this week for my other son, and we talked about the referral. He alluded that the psychologist we were seeing was pro-meds, which in this case I won't agree to it. 95% of the time his mood is fine, he just needs to learn ways to cope when he gets mad. Do you have any ideas on the types of behavior therapy they might do with him?
Thanks for any feedback you might have.