We have a 3 1/2 year old with severe autism and we have tried some advice we found on here for when he hurts you. We have tried saying ow and making a show of it to make it seem like he hurt us near dying even but he either freaks out and thinks we're punishing him or loves the act so he keeps hitting us. He doesn't get that ow means please stop, that hurts. He is as nonverbal as you can get I think. It used to feel like he was practicing words by making sounds and talking to himself or sometimes a sound after we make a sound but now it's all screams all day, happy or otherwise.
We are actually starting to feel like were in prison because of him. We can't decorate, we can't have electronics near him (he wants to break them) , we have everything in the house gated but he doesn't care about the gates anymore and just goes where he doesn't belong and gives us less room to put say dangerous items (house repair tools). Boy I guess I went a little off topic. Autism is driving us nuts. I wouldn't wish it for anyone to have to go through this.
on Oct. 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM