Our son Brent is 7 (eight in 7 days). He can be the most adorable, loving little boy then there is his "OTHER" side. Brent loses complete control, from destroying rooms, throwing things, hurting himself, to pummeling me (I wont let him hurt anyone else I get in between and isolate him to a locked room with me). He punches, kicks, bite, headbutts, throws things at me, screams horrific things and generally does anything he can to cause harm and distress. He does not seem to know what he is doing and anfew occasions he has got bad enough that we have had to call and ambulance and actually take Brent to hospital. We spent 2weeks in the pysch ward at our childrens hospital, he was a lot better there but every thing is calm and strictly organised but even then he screamed and yelled and hit out at me. That is where I learnt all about properly restraining Brent so that he can't hurt me or himself.
Brent was officially diagnosed as Autistic and also Epileptic when he was 5, we saw a peadiatrician, child pyshciatrist (speciallising in Autism), speech therapist and a nuerologist. We have had the Pyschologist actually even come out to our school (at our expense) to explain Brents condition yet still the school fight us, they want to change everything that works. To avoid a violent episode at school in the mornings all we ask is that Brent go to his class 10mins before the other kids and he asks "Is there a fire drill" (they had one at school one day and has left him totally traumatised) and "Are you here all day". After which he goes down and waits with all the other kids until time to go to class. 2 little questions to avoid me and the principles at the school coping a beating and they do not want to even do that.
Brent is the youngest of 5 and has a neice who lives at home with her Mum, one of my children has already moved out because she can not cope being around Brent she is only 15, but is living with good people. There is not much assistance for people in Australia once your Autistic child turns 6, it all has to be at your own expense. Violence is the theme of our days, 2 lots of his Epilepsy meds have made him worse but the 3 he is on now have helped a little bit but as there effectiveness wears off he is starting to get worse again. We can not go anywhere or do anything because we know what could happen, I can not go out and leave Brent with anyone else as we know what will happen and I will not allow anyone besides me to be hurt by Brent. He is my son and my responsibility.
We love our Brent totally and completely and my husband and I have changed everything in our lives to suit Brent and keep our other children safe and happy.
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