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|Fri, 06-20-2003 - 8:31am|
I am a single Mum to a very challenging 8½year old AS son and a (so far) NT 3 year old daughter. We live near Sydney in Australia. I am a nursing student and the kids are in school or daycare.
Meltdowns are our life at the moment!! Tonites was over the TV remote! We came home from Mcdonalds and the TV went on. DS decided it was his turn to choose a channel, even tho' we had discussed on the way home that it was almost bedtime. He tried to snatch the remote from me so I resisted, no way was I going to let him get it. I ended up putting it down my jeans!!! (the things we do!) anyway he proceeded to physically attack me so I guided him to his room and shut the door, he of course opened it so HE could slam it!! Next thing I know he is knocking on the front door to be let in as he had climbed out his window. He then went back to his rubbish dump (sorry room) and proceeded to rearange things for around ½ an hour then came out completely calm as if nothing had happened.
That is a pretty typical meltdown and we have them almost daily, I am at my wits end. He rarely has these meltdowns at school or at his Dad's (but life there is DS centred) I really can't understand why this is! I mean, at Dad's I know why, but what about school, why does he save it all for me?? He also has Tourettes and is able to mainly supress his tics (mainly the vocal ones) and so when he gets home, they explode, drives me crazy!!!
He has been on both Zoloft and Catapres, both of them made his behaviour worse, particularly the Catapres, he couldn't sit still, and was only sleeping 4-5 hours a night. Last month he was talking about wanting Dinosaurs to be around 'coz they kill people and he wouldn't be alive then' He is under a Paediatrician who specialises in 'Gifted Kids with problems such as AS'(his IQ is Genius Level) and also a counsellor and the school counsellor is always available.
Well, I don't really have a question, I just needed to tell someone who understood I guess.
I hope to post more often here, I am on semester break from next week.
Mum to Addison (8Nov94 AS, TS & OCD) & Eloise (10May2000 NT, 34wk Premmie)