Autism and violence in the classroom - Standing on the precipice

by David V
(St. Louis, MO)

My son is eleven years old and autistic. Just over the last couple of months, his behavior has made a dramatic turn towards being increasing violent during his meltdowns.

For the second time in a week, he punched his teacher in the face and tried over and over to kick the principal.

Tomorrow is his second suspension from school in a week. I feel like we are on the edge of something horrible.

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Editor's Note..
I can empathize completely. I have found days where my son has acted in a way that I have never seem him act anywhere else. Not even close!

In our case, it always seems to come down to the issue of control. Aspergers' kids in particular NEED to have a sense of control over their environment, and can act out if they don't get it.

Try to find out what happened just before each incident, and if there is a way of adjusting that circumstance in any way.

You may even want to pull your son out of school temporarily if need be.

We went the homeschooling route for 2 years until the school system started offering classes aimed at kids with autism - and with teachers trained to deal with it.

It doesn't eliminate all issues - but the teachers generally can keep it from getting out of control, and figure out ways to help the student come up with alternative coping mechanisms, so that they don't resort to violent or aggressive behavior.

Not that having your child home all the time is easy on the family, but in the short term, it will certainly be easier than dealing with potential consequences if other authorities become involved.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes.

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