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Adventures in Autism 005 06-01-15 Aggressive Behavior

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We discuss the problem of aggression. This is a hard topic to cover, because we all hate to see our kids acting in aggressive ways. However, Aggressive behaviors, acting out, and other things tend to happen, especially with Autistic kids.

We discuss ways to help calm the moments and what you can do to stave it off before it even happens.


Adventures in Autism is a show about our experiences with our son, Seth, diagnosed with Severe Autism at the age of 3. It has been a difficult journey, but an adventure nonetheless.

Each week, we will bring you a different topic and how it relates to a child with autism. Topics will include things like siblings, favorite foods, toys that work (and ones that don’t!), schooling, emotions and more.

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  • remove them from all sensory input if you can.. obviously this can be difficult, especially if you are out in the public
  • let them cover up in a blanket if they wish and cry it out.. though do watch incase they accidently harm themselves
  • if physically harmful.. take away any items they may be using.. and if need be.. constrain the person till they are calm again
  • try to convince them to bathe.. water can be very soothing.. however not all may not be.. so decide which is best for your child.. have them bathe a long time in water to ‘reset’ them
  • if they are upset over a situation out of everyones control, such as a power outage that therefore prevents the child from watching a show, make a joke about it and stay lighthearted about it “Oh man, the electricity is so silly! I cannot believe it turned off!”.. do it often enough and the next time any event happens out of anyones control and it wont be so kuch of a meltdown
  • if the upset is over food… accomedate them for it. Remember, they are more sensitive to the different senses. Something about the food may bother them in ways we cannot understand. Push and praise for trying new things, but dont make it an argument.. have substitute foods ready. If you go out to eat.. try and make sure they will have something they would like.. and explain it to them before you even leave
  • if the child does have a comfort item.. try giving it to them may help.. however you touching it may make things worse too
  • If the aggression is based on something that can be removed, do so… exampe, certain shows, smells, sounds. Sometimes this may mean making sacrifices, but it is worth it for the happiness and health of your autistic loved one.

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