thanks and thats the route i want no meds
i'm no expert, but i do manage/work in care homes for young people with autism and assosiated difficulties and have done for a few years now.
obviously i dont know the in's and out's of your son, but with alot of people who have autism and hyper/over activity, sedatives actually have the opposite affect, same as stimulants.
sounds mad, but sometimes a stimulant will actually help to 'calm' someone down.
personally, i'd avoid the medicine route as much as physically possible, especialy as a child. one drug might solve one problem, then lead to many other's, usually worse than being a bit hyper. then more drugs get added to the mix to solve the new probs. madness. it's another americanism we really do not need!
start with diet. i know it's gona be hard with a child that young, but in my experience, diet is the best starting point.
keep a diary of everything he eats, and alongside it, keep a diary of mood/behaviour etc. see if there are any patterns.
avoid the obvious, sugar, caffeen, genrally crap processed foods, but also target specific groups like dairy and wheat. try not feeding him one of those groups for a week. it might not help, but it often does.
there's no quick way round this i'm afraid, trial and error, and keep adiaries of everything, but i have personally helped young adults come off all those bloody med's using diet and simple self calming techniques (with alot of unhelpfull doctors and psychiatrists advising against it, only to have totally eaten thier words). Bare in mind i work with the extreme end of the spectum too. non-verbal, severe learning difficulties. some can be pretty violent - biting, punching, hair pulling etc. some of these behaviours will never change, but they are SO much calmer and happier without all those med's
i'll be back to look in on this one. feel free to fire any questions back.
one thing i would like to say, is you are not alone! get as much advice and help from other parents etc. dont mean to point out the obvious, but do you know about NAS? National Autistic Society? it's a great resource, use them!
my son is extreme end of the spectum too we've been seeing docs for about a year now and the help we get is more than we ask for they've been great, we realise we are not alone we know quite afew parents of kids with autism problem is we've found no two are alike
the diet route keeps popping up milk, cheese, dairy products is something hes never took to, meal times can get stressful he eats want he wants to eat its quite funny he has four licks to check what it is than if he likes he eats if not he doesnt
four licks, make perfect sense. ha, ha.
i completly understand, although you've definitly got your work cut out for you both. you have my admiration, support and best wishes. and your are right, i'm yet to meet anyone with the same 'symptoms' of autism. it's such a vast spectrum.
stick with the diet as a base to work from. i try to do so with everyone who comes into my care (can be very difficult in a culture where staff cant even eat and cook properly, let alone educate others to do so too!).
i think of diet as similar to temps with growing skunk. no point looking at other solutions to a problem, untill you've got that sorted and suited to him.
we have created an environment in which people with autism struggle. if you taylor the environment to suit the individual, it can have great affect.
think of sensory overload and sensory stimuation. this is another big factor, learn the specifics for your son. if he's waking up and 'in a rage' think what he might be waking up to that he doesn't like. certain lighting is calming, ceratin sounds are too (some people wear red or green glasses as it reduces sensory input, some people wear headphones with just radio hiss to drown out other noise), or it might just be he doesn't know where he is or where u are, or why he's no longer asleep!?! try photo's in his room/bed, or tapes of your voices.
in my experince, consistancy is key too. in fact, sometimes it's better to do things consistantly wronge, than occasionally right.
routines are essential.
it's gona be harder for you if he doesn't speak, so start using makaton and widgit asap.
sorry, i could go on all day.