I am new to autism and have read a few books. The main things right now are behavior, eating, and potty training. There is a little blonde headed boy across the street that he absolutely loses it when he sees him. His dad took him to see the boy one time and he attacked him. ALL blonde headed little boys trigger rage in my stepson. How should this be handled? I remove him from the doors and windows but this rage will last sometimes for hours. I know he can not help it and I feel so bad for him when he goes through it there has to be a way to help him with this. I have tried everything to distract him when he sees the boy but nothing works. I try to be firm and consistent with discipline by putting him the corner EVERY time he hits or throws things, he also loses the toy he threw for a period of time, usually a full day. If he throws the object directly at myself or his dad, or deliberately tried to break something he gets a firm but painless swat on the behind while being told calmly why he is being punished. I do talk to him alot, calmly and explaining to him why he is in the corner and never in corner for more then 5 minutes, which is a lifetime for him. I know it will take time. Eating is a real job, he only eats junk food. Today I hid all the junk food from him. I am sure he will have a fit but I think it is best for him. He will eat when he is hungry, right? I will not let him go hungry but I know a junk food diet can not possibly be good for him. I really need advise on this one. Potty training is a job as well, #2 is the issue here. How do I find out what he may be sensitive too? Lights, sounds, ect. Any and all advise will be greatly appreciated. I think the voice of experience is usually the best advise there is. I have raised my own two daughters who are now grown with children of their own, I have the experience with that but I need to hear the 'tricks' that are used with autistic children. He is a loving little boy and has some really good days, but his bad days are really bad. He is on medication which seems to help but his dad seems to think he only needs the meds when he goes to school, although the rx says before breakfast and lunch everyday, not just mon-fri. I think it cant be good to sometimes get needed meds. Seems like he has a lot of highs and lows due to no consistency in his med dosage, like on weekends he gets half a dose once a day. How can that be good for him. I see a huge difference on weekends too. Any adivse will be great!
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