David has been really struggling lately with his mental illnesses. I use plural for a reason. Today, a lot happened. He became combative. It took four adults to restrain this 80 pound boy. He becomes very strong when he is on this part of his “cycle”. Meds don’t work, calming techniques don’t work. The only solution is to put him in psych until he is stable again. I applaud his care team for taking this step. They didn’t do it without talking to his parents first. In fact, it was our idea based on what they told me he was doing. It is not a healthy thing for him to continue on this path, so we need to make some changes. A major reason that we did determine to place him in psych was that he took his shoe laces and wrapped them around his neck. tightly. He has scars
Today we had staffing for David. While I won’t go through the ins and outs of everything that was discussed, I will say this. The team isn’t ready to give up on him regardless of what the school says. We are going to explore the possibility that he is on a manic swing with his bipolar disorder. It would be one of many possible explanations for the escalation of his behavior. There were some scary things that we learned this week. David was biting a battery. You could see teeth marks in it. So he is not allowed batteries. He has limited access to electronic gadgets such as mp3 players. He has no computer privileges. His room gets stripped of everything every 4 hours. Why? Because even as much as he is watched, he still is very adept at taking that which does not belong to him. Especially cell phones.
As a father of a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I am well aware of the intricacies and quirks that a child on the Spectrum can display. Anyone who has watched the movie Rainman has seen stimming. Raymond exhibited it in a number of ways. When he was uncomfortable, he would recite the Abbott and Costello routine “Who’s on First“. Raymond would hit his head and scream when ever his brother would try to get him to do something he just didn’t want to do. Raymond had a strict schedule that he was used to, so when they set off across the country, Raymond was very much out of his element. Other things that displayed stimming include the rocking motion that Raymond exhibited even when he walked. Our son, stutters. When he is excited, upset or talking about his passion which is history, he stutters. Typically it is only