help with 6 yr old temper tantrums
My 6 yr old son will be 7 in 3 months. He was diagnosed with ADHD last year & has been taking Focalin XR. He has been able to focus better in school but his behavior has got worse. He is now in a summer program & every day they say something about his behavior. If he can't get his way or someone tells him "no" he goes into a full out tantrum or "meltdown" crying & being very defiant. He has not been diagnosed with ODD but as his mother & all the information I've read I know he has it. The temper tantrums can also included kicking objects (and people sometimes), hitting, throwing and or knocking things over. His behavior is worse in school although he has trouble at home too. The tantrums always result from frustration, him not being able to get his way or get what he wants. I have tried everything from ignoring, sending to his room, taking away privileges, reward charts. He knows that he shouldn't have a tantrum and what he should do instead when you ask, but he can not apply it when he is in the moment. After he has a tantrum, he's fine & calm. I can't go through another school year with this behavior and the school expecting me to pick him up every time he acts up. My husband works 3rd shift so I feel like I'm all alone. My 5 yr old is starting to also show signs of both ADHD & ODD as well & I'm horrified. Please help!!!