Friday, July 23, 2010

"Bad" behavior, meltdowns, aggression and self-injury are a form of communication for people with Autism

Yet again, summer school has brought on temper tantrums, meltdowns and biting/sib in Stephen. It hasn't been every day but it was escalating. He just started going through puberty a couple weeks ago which I am sure is contributing to his mood issues. But we go through this change in attitude, for the worse, every year when summer school is in session. We will probably never know why EXACTLY because Stephen can't tell us. That isn't entirely accurate. He IS telling us that something is wrong by his change in attitude. This has always been a reliable way for us to tell if Stephen is upset about something. He is a happy guy 99% of the time. When he becomes aggressive, has meltdowns or sib, it is for a reason. He is trying to communicate with us in the only way he knows how when something is wrong. I would rather err on the side of caution and I have pulled him out of summer school with 3 1/2 weeks to go.

It was a very difficult decision to make. I don't want to be overprotective and not let him have some new experiences or get so out of his school routine that he will be even more out of sorts when he goes back to school in the fall. But Stephen is not happy, for whatever reason, is going through puberty and his body is so out of whack from the hormones that he had 2 breakthrough seizures in a month before summer school started.