My son is 19 months old and is constantly throwing tantrums; he flings himself on the floor and screams. He is inconsolable. I've tried holding him; he resists and flings himself on the floor. I've tried ignoring him; he just gets louder and closer. I've tried explaining that we do not behave this way; he doesn;t seem to get it. It occurred to me that he might be in pain (teeth?), but he has no tears and will not let me give him tylonel (he usually opens right up for tylonel if he's in pain). I am losing my mind. He ends up spending most of the day in his room, because he's throwing a fit (they last hours at times). I am at my wit's end. I miss my sweet little boy. Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Answer by Rebeccaroe at 11:16 AM on Apr. 10, 2009
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Answer by stellarperi at 11:23 AM on Apr. 10, 2009
Sounds like my boys when they were 18-24months. They both have mild, high functioning, autism. Tantrums like you describe are one of the signs of autism, and is a particular trait in those with Asperger's Syndrome.
The good thing is that with Early Intervention, speech therapy, specialized education, they can grow and develop within "normal/typical" ranges/expectations--at least in the milder cases. Is your son talking age appropriately? Does he have any unusual "quirks/idiosyncrasies?" Here are the key signs
I would also have his eyesight and hearing evaluated.
My 7 year old is finishing 1st grade and spends 70% of his school day in a regular education classroom...expected to be 80% - 100% next year! ;o)
Answer by LoriKeet at 11:25 AM on Apr. 10, 2009