I adopted two grandsons due to the mental health issues of my ex (now late) daughter in law. Both my sons have problems and discipline is a real issue here but my main worry is about David.
David is ADHD, and has developmental delays as well as Aspergers. He will be 10 in May but looks like a 7 yr old and often acts like a 4 yr old. He is very intelligent though and can knock your socks off with his knowledge but lacks common sense.
He will do things that he KNOWS is wrong, will tell you he did them and that he is sorry. Often these are things that he has been told NOT TO DO and require a consequence but nothing affects him, You can take away something special, pop his bum a time or two, put him in a time out and none of it matters. He may cry for half a sec and then say okay. None of the punishment affects him as he does the same things over and over again. The worst is his getting up very early and getting into things he knows he should not do. He will wake me up then by telling me what he has done and that he is sorry.
With his brother having many issues right now with mental health problems it just makes matters worse.
Answer by soccer.mom at 8:00 AM on Apr. 22, 2011
Answer by ItsJustMe1017 at 8:42 AM on Apr. 22, 2011
DD has similar issues: ADHD, Aspergers, mood issues. She also has a diagnosis of ODD. I think that may be part of your DGS issue. I borrowed some books from my library on how to discipline a kid with oppositional defiant disorder. I got some excellent ideas - stuff that I didn't think to use as a consequence.
Also, are you working with a behaviour support specialist? We have one and it's been helpful. (We have medicaid insurance for DD and MA pays for the support we have.) Talk to the social worker at school, they can direct you on what's available in your state. Good Luck!
Answer by JSD24 at 9:04 AM on Apr. 22, 2011
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