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Throwing phase

Posted by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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My daughter throws anything and everything she can hold in her hand right now. I asked her speech and ot about it and they just say she must be going through a throwing phase. I get that kids go through phases but can you offer me any tips on how to deal with it? I know she's having issues with not getting to be outside much  ....... but I can't even do the indoor sensory things with her because she just takes them and throws them! She screamed and cried today during OT because she just wanted to take her activities and throw them. The ot just kept putting up the activity and pulling out a new one. She did finally find one thing my daughter would do without just picking it up and throwing it. Is that what I should do? Should I just put everything away and have 20 activities lined up and keep going through them one by one, putting each away whenever she throws anything????

I don't know ....... I'm so frustrated I just want to start throwing ........ throwing everything out the door so there's nothing left in the house for her to throw.

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wildchild.com
by Janine on Nov. 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM
My son went through a phase where he liked to throw glass so I hid everything in my house that was glass. To this day my pictures on the wall have no glass. When he throws his supper or toys I make him pick it up. That curved some of the throwing but once in while he'll wip something across the room ya know for old times sake Lol good times in our house (sigh)....
SamMom912
by Gold Member on Nov. 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Sam went thru that, but his ot told me it was his way of trying to figure out space/ his surroundings/ the world since he had such poor body awareness it was more comfortable to explore with a ball.. Rolling it down stairs, throwing, throwing, throwing. It lasted for about 3 weeks/4 weeks... Then he moved to rolling cars and things with wheels. 

Maybe introduce wheels? Lol

Krissyc75
by Kristin on Nov. 26, 2013 at 8:41 PM

My son is 3 and he is doing the throwing thing now to. I notice its when he is bored and he does something and he need correction so his way of talking back is going through the house like a tazmanium devil and throw rip cords out of the wall etc..I think they will grow out of it.:)

MomOfOneCoolKid
by Gold Member on Nov. 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM


 

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The ot just kept putting up the activity and pulling out a new one. She did finally find one thing my daughter would do without just picking it up and throwing it. Is that what I should do? Should I just put everything away and have 20 activities lined up and keep going through them one by one, putting each away whenever she throws anything????


Hugs mom. I know its frustrating but that's 100% on target of what should be done -- imo, from what I know.

Its offering an alternative and the attention/praise of the new activitity. It might take a while to sink in. Hang in there.

lillettemomma
by Member on Nov. 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM
My almost 3 year old autistic baby was doing that today with her developmental specialist and her building blocks provider... everything got thrown around....they kept redirecting her to the activity and made her complete the activities. ...
Linda733
by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Boy can relate. My son throws things when he is frustrated. However, his OT has me make him pick it up hand over hand and if he throws it again I take it away..it's been helping somewhat 

Charizma77
by Carissa on Nov. 26, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Ashton went through that phase. It was tiring to say the least. He also went through a throw your socks and shoes phase..ugh..it was awful! Hugs! 

sweet_pea_1116
by Member on Nov. 26, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Bradly has gotten into throwing but it's usually when he's mad at me for saying no to something. he waits until I turn my back and then throws it and he has good aim and has gotten me good a few times. Its hard but I have to ignore it because he wants me to be mad and confront him. If I ignore he then throws himself on the floor and cries. He usually throws his iPod luckily we have the otter case so no damage to it. I pick that up and put it away for a few days.
mypbandj
by Jen on Nov. 27, 2013 at 12:25 AM
I know kids do go thru phases. It's as if their brain is seeking something or trying to make pathways - and they are just compelled to throw (or mouth things, or climb, etc).

Can you make a special throwing corner in your house? I'm thinking kiddie pool with soft balls, been bags or sponges. Maybe even targets she can aim for or containers she can toss stuff into. It can be your own therapy time - give her plenty of time to be there before she has to do something else. And the goal is for her to satisfy her urge to throw but also have boundaries that teach her when/where/what is appropriate to throw.

Then during other activities, watch for her to throw a toy, stop her before she does it (if you can) and redirect to the throwing corner.

And in the meantime, "baby" proof so she can't have access to and accidentally throw something dangerous.
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ineedcoffeemom
by Brittaney on Nov. 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

A throwing corner does sound like a good idea, although it will have to be in another room because our living room is tiny and that's where she plays most of the time. And I've actually provided her with an abundant amount of throwing appropriate toys, yet she's still gone from throwing them to throwing everything :/

I will start doing lots and lots of throwing activities with her though for the next few days to see if it helps get it out of her system so that maybe we can successfully do an activitiy that doesn't involve throwing.

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