My oldest will turn 4 in February. He is in speech therapy, is refusing potty training (did ok for a while, then rebelled), and still speaks some gibberish. This past week he has started having extreme meltdowns. You can't talk to him, touch him, or get a response from him. He just cries hysterically. The last time was in the Target checkout. I paid for my stuff, went out to the car, and unloaded my cart with him screaming the whole time. It took all I had to get him into the car, but he wouldn't let me strap him in. For the next 20 minutes, I completely ignored him until he calmed down a little. I asked him a question, more crying. When he got to the point where I thought he was ready to be strapped in, I walked to his side of the car and tried to get him to sit in his seat. After 5 minutes of him refusing, I firmly told him no more trains, no more Thomas the Train until he got in his seat. He pondered this for a few minutes, then calmly got into his seat and I had no more trouble. Did I do the right thing? How are you supposed to handle situations like these? Do I need to have him screened for autism? Am I overthinking it?
on Dec. 6, 2012 at 3:07 PM