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How do you calm a child with asperger's syndrome down from a temper tantrum?

How do you calm a child with asperger's syndrome down from a temper tantrum?

Trial and error: Different techniques work with different children. Some techniques that parents/guardians of my patients with asperger's have had success with include hand massages and taking a bath or a shower. I suggest involvement in a support group for caregivers of autistic spectrum children for more ideas. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Temper Tantrums (Definition)

A temper tantrum is an event in which a child is angry and cries, screams, hits, kicks, and/or throws himself onto the ground to get things done his way from Mom, Dad, or another family member. Temper tantrums are loud, especially in public places, but are best ignored and politely handled from ...Read more


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Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Your's : Your's child's behavior is obviously disrupting his life as well as yours. It sounds like you have tried some behvior modification techniques and haven't been successful. The first place to start is with your pediatrician to help guide you to resources in your area for child psychologists or developmental/ behavioral pediatric specialists. These specialist can help determine if this is a simple behavioral problem that can be managed with behavioral techniques or if there he has a disorder such as odd, adhd. It sounds like it's time to ask for help. ...Read more

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What causes temper tantrums in kids?

What causes temper tantrums in kids?

See below: Temper tantrums are an immature response to anger and frustration. Children may respond this way when they have limits placed on a particular behavior. ...Read more

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Why would a child laugh while being aggressive/attacking parent during a severe temper tantrum? (7 y/o boy with aspergers)

Why would a child laugh while being aggressive/attacking parent during a severe temper tantrum? (7 y/o boy with aspergers)

Part of disorder: Part of the disorder is inappropriate emotional responses to situations.Laughter to a boy with asperger's is not the same laughter as you and i would interpret it. That it what is so hard for all of us to understand with these kids, because we interpret our environment and situations one way, and it's a totally different world and experience for these kids. Often altered sensations to pain as well. ...Read more

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Do children have different pain thresholds? My child seldom cries.

Do children have different pain thresholds? My child seldom cries.

See below: We all, children included, have different personality traits, which may include response to painful stimuli. ...Read more

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I hate seeing my irresponsible uncles be unaware of the very violent video games their young kids are playing. Wouldn't that cause violent behavior?

I hate seeing my irresponsible uncles be unaware of the very violent video games their young kids are playing. Wouldn't that cause violent behavior?

Families: I think your question may need to be asked in another forum. Nothing we say here will change you or them. There is no direct or compelling science on the consequences of violence on television, in movies, or in video games. ...Read more

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My autistic bipolar 5 year old daughter keeps having behaviors were she tries to kill animals with no feelings of saddness us that a normal behavior?

My autistic bipolar 5 year old daughter keeps having behaviors were she tries to kill animals with no feelings of saddness us that a normal behavior?

It's not good: What you described has been considered by some experts as an indicator for more severe problems later on in life. Cruelty to animals is not that uncommon, and there are professionals out there who know what to do about it. Animals must be kept away from your daughter at all times. Also, a system should be in place ahead of time to deal with such behaviors. I am sorry that your daughter has this. ...Read more

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Why is my autistic 5 year old son (non-verbal), all of a sudden speaking, interacting and following simple commands? He has a cold, low grade fever.

Why is my autistic 5 year old son (non-verbal), all of a sudden speaking, interacting and following simple commands? He has a cold, low grade fever.

Multiple reasons: The best reason would be a developmental leap in functioning. That would be great, and you could keep doing what you're doing from a behavioral standpoint. Occasionally an alteration like casein removal can cause temporary advancement, but that disappears after a few months. This may hint at a metabolic issue if illness helps in advancement. Make sure you've seen a geneticist and metabolic expert. ...Read more

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How would a child that has ADHD and Asperger syndrome behave ?

How would a child that has ADHD and Asperger syndrome behave 


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Not very differently: Adhd would present similarly in all children however there would some difference in children with asperger's as impulsivity is likely to present with increase stereotypes which are part of asperger's. Other aspects of asperger's might also become more pronounced. Frustration tolerance which is an issue might become more pronounced. Treatment of adhd is more tricky as well as asperger's children. ...Read more

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Friend's kid is hyper, his dad has hyperactivity with mild torretes syndrome. Could their child be starting to get it?

Friend's kid  is hyper, his dad has hyperactivity with mild torretes syndrome. Could their child be starting to get it?

Unknown: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is something that is usually inherited, therefore if dad has it, it is likely the child may have it. However, each person needs to be evaluated individually. You might suggest to your friend that they take their child to their pediatrician to be evaluated. By the way, most pediatricians evaluate a child for adhd with questionnaires. ...Read more

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If my child has asperger's syndrome, is violent behavior normal?

If my child has asperger's syndrome, is violent behavior normal?

Undersatnding: Asperger's syndrome and its complexity, helps 2 better manage the challenging issues & relationships children & adults affected by the disorder, have w/ environment. In addition 2 medical & behavioral help ur son need 2 have, 2 books by daniel tammet, autistic savant: "born on a blue day" autobio & "embracing the wide sky" more informative on asperger's r both great sources of info. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hi, how can I know if a child is gifted or has Asperger syndrome? My child is very smart but he lives in his own world especially at school.

Hi, how can I know if a child is gifted or has Asperger syndrome? My child is very smart but he lives in his own world especially at school.

Asperger's syndrome: This requires an evaluation by a child psychologist or psychiatrist with specialized expertise in this area. There are many insurance issues surrounding this diagnosis as well, in terms of which diagnoses will be covered for which treatments.The testing should therefor be done at a specialty children's hospital and be extremely thorough so both you and the school know what ails your child. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old son has very low patients. Doestnt play with others. Only interested car or trucks OCD about routine doesn't sleep well has sever meltdown?

My 3 yr old son has very low patients. Doestnt play with others. Only interested car or trucks  OCD about routine doesn't sleep well has sever meltdown?

Developmental screen: Your pediatrician can do a developmental screening to assess whether your son's behavior is normal or whether it might point to a condition such as autism. ...Read more

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What are ways to control my 7 year old son's explosive temper and his aggression towards brothers?

What are ways to control my 7 year old son's explosive temper and his aggression towards brothers?

Modify behavior: Hard to explain in a paragraph as this takes time and effort on your part with some guidance: appreciate good behavior and try and ignore bad behavior. I will refer you to few books one by russel barkley phd. Your defiant child; eight ways to deal. Another, sos help for parents: parent guide by lynn clark. Good luck. ...Read more

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Anger issues with 7 year old boy my child can't get along with anyone friends he shows fits of rage frequently. The kids in school don't hang around with him his 2 best friends don't even want to be with him constantly upsetting household. We've tried ev

Anger issues with 7 year old boy my child can't get along with anyone friends he shows fits of rage frequently.  The kids in school don't hang around with him his 2 best friends don't even want to be with him constantly upsetting household. We've tried ev

You : You should give your child's doctor a call and ask for a referral to a child psychologist, psychiatrist or behavioral specialist. You are not alone in dealing with your son's behavior (i have had many parents come to me with similar situations and concerns to yours). A behavioral specialist can help find better ways for your son to express his feelings and for your family to cope with his outbursts. They may be able to suggest new ways of dealing with his behavior. There will probably not be any quick fixes, but with continual therapy and consistent parenting, he will improve over time. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could my 3 year old be autistic?he is not yet pottu trained,has speech and language delay passed his hearing test.he throws very violent tempers.

Could my 3 year old be autistic?he is not yet pottu trained,has speech and language delay passed his hearing test.he throws very violent tempers.

It is hard to say ..: You did not provide enough clinical information. Does this happen in all environments or does he save these behaviors for you specifically. Does he exhibit periods of time where he is engaged in activities with other children: does he understand the language you use with him, does he have a range of emotions: happy, sad, etc. You should discuss these questions with your Pediatric Specialist- KB ...Read more

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Can the angry outbursts that accompany ADHD be cured in a 12 year old boy?

Can the angry outbursts that accompany ADHD be cured in a 12 year old boy?

Angry outbursts are: Not a symptom of adhd, as it has no mood component. Are his adhd symptoms of inattention +/- hyperactivity/impulsivity well-controlled on medications? Is he in behavioral or social skills therapy? Is his environment structured @ home + a section 504 for classroom accomodations? Has he been evaluated for-learning disabilities, anxiety, depression/mood disorder &/or oppositional defiant disorder? ...Read more

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Might somebody have aspergers syndrome without unusual speech pattern in my voice?

Might somebody have aspergers syndrome without unusual speech pattern in my voice?

Sure: Nobody knows what "asperger's" really is. The classic aspie talks fast & mechanically a lot of the time, but no two are the same. The real question isn't, "do I have thus-and-so?" but "how can i learn social skills that seem to come more naturally and more easily to others?" remember that asperger's offers tremendous pluses in your ability to focus on science, tech and so forth. ...Read more

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Elderly people complaining and cranky - is it a syndrome?

Early dementia ?!: In some cases patients with early stages of dementia show a change in personality : irritable, impatient ... Are they still able to manage finances, drive or work ? If there is a decline in daily function an evaluation for cognitive deficits is warranted. ...Read more

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How do you calm a child with asperger's syndrome down from a temper tantrum?

Trial and error: Different techniques work with different children. Some techniques that parents/guardians of my patients with asperger's have had success with include hand massages and taking a bath or a shower. I suggest involvement in a support group for caregivers of autistic spectrum children for more ideas. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My 3 yo just had a massive temper tantrum. He is now asleep but I listened to his hr. It seems like it slows down than speeds up. Worry?

My 3 yo just had a massive temper tantrum. He is now asleep but I listened to his hr. It seems like it slows down than speeds up. Worry?

Variable breathing: It is normal for your 3 year olds heart rate to vary depending on whether he is breathing in or out. This is because when you breath in the heart gets squeezed a little by the lungs and this slows the heart down. Then when you breath out, the heart speeds up a little as the air goes out of the lungs. This is a normal response and often exaggerated in little kids! ...Read more

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How can I stop myself from having temper tantrums?

How can I stop myself from having temper tantrums?

Seek help from...: Temper tantrum beyond childhood can be from unresolved anxiety. Seek help from mental health professionals. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 9 year boy to have temper tantrums?

Is it normal for a 9 year boy to have temper tantrums?

Need more info: Typically-developing children begin to self-calm at 18 months of age and learn more mature coping skills as they age. If he still has two-year-old style tantrums, a behavioral therapist can help him develop more age-appropriate ways to deal with frustration. ...Read more

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How can I stop my son from having these temper tantrums?

How can I stop my son from having these temper tantrums?

Start with Ur Dr: Your pcp whether fp or ped may have some basic pointers you can start with. They will also be aware of other sources for parent skills training in your local. I have several local therapists who work with the kids & moms.High maintenance kids often require that you learn a new skill set. ...Read more

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What is the best way to handle an adult's temper tantrums?

Tantrums are not: age-appropriate prosocial & coping skills in adulthood. When you & the person are calm, explain that you will not engage when (s)he is tantruming..no talking, glaring, yelling, no positive or negative attention of any kind to reinforce the tantrum. Consistently ignore tantrums as they get worse before they stop. Encourage the person to seek diagnosis & treatment by a psychiatrist & psychologist. ...Read more

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What should I say to someone with destructive and violent temper tantrums?

What should I say to someone with destructive and violent temper tantrums?

Not much at the time: It depends on your relationship with the person and how destructive and violent the temper tantrums are. Generally, i would not recommend saying anything to a person who is destructive and violent. Instead, i would focus on staying safe by leaving the area and/or calling 911. It's best to suggest that a loved one get professional help during a calm and pleasant period. Stay safe yourself. ...Read more

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Are having temper tantrums as 13yo boy normal?

Are having temper tantrums as 13yo boy normal?

NO,of course not: Temper tantrums are a function of the more primitive part of the brain. This is made to be much more reactive by high calorie malnutritiond, particularly all the sugary stuff and even sweeteners. Look to diet as the cause and see my blog "oxygen, the spark of life". ...Read more

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My 16 year old hits me during his temper tantrums what do I do?

Get help: You don't say if your son has any underlying conditions such as autism, but allowing a 16 year old to hit you is teaching him to be abusive. If he does have another condition, get specialized help (behavioral training). If not, get help for yourself, for him, and for the family. Domestic violence is dangerous for everyone involved. ...Read more

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Tired of my sister's temper tantrums. Will she always be like this?

If she's older than: 2-4, her tantrums are no longer age-appropriate. They'll continue as long as she receives positive or negative attention for them from your parents & others. If she's < 10 years old, you could "gift" your parents the book " little people" by dr. Ed christipherson, ~ $12 on amazon, or any book on oppositional defiant disorder by dr. Russell barkley. Calmly tell your parents your concerns, privately. ...Read more

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I am 16 with temper tantrums. Is it possible that i could have aspergers?

Possible: Possible, but seeing a trained doctor for diagnosis is the best approach.Remember that there are other reasons for uncontrollable temper besides asperger's. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop acting like a spoilt adult with temper tantrums?

Seek help: If you are aware that you are doing what you describe, then you are steps along to stopping it. Now you need rot find a mental health professional to help you on the journey to recovery. ...Read more

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Why do men feel like its ok to throw temper tantrums at home but say nothing at work?

M ost people...: (not just men) do what they can get away with, where they can get away with it. If there are no consequences to a tantrum at home, that's where it's going to happen. ...Read more

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Adult temper tantrums? Rage? Anger? Who can help someone with them and not inform authorities?

Adult temper tantrums? Rage? Anger? Who can help someone with them and not inform authorities?

Seek Tx: Usually information you provide during treatment stays confidential. However, there are some limits to confidentiality with being in danger to yourself or others are some of them. If you feel you cannot control your sx anymore, either dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Otherwise, you might want to consider making an appointment with psychiatrist and psychologist to start your treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a mental diagnosis for an adult who throws temper tantrums the same way a child does?

Intermittent expolos: Intermittent explosive disorder is a condition where a person has sudden outbursts. It can exist by itself or be a symptom of panic disorder, anxiety, adhd, dementia, seizures, neurologic disorders, as well as bipolar and psychotic disorders. Evaluation and appropriate treatment can greatly help but the cause needs to be determined. ...Read more

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I still throw temper tantrums, and I want it to stop. Is it because I have a need for control?

The simple explana-: tion is that you've received positive or negative attention that has reinforced your using tantrums as a way to get what you want or to avoid doing what you don't want to do. Since you recognize that tantrums are no longer age-appropriate, the next step is to see your doctor, a psychiatrist & a psychologist to rule out contributing medical or mental health issues, then develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Can you have your daughter committed to an institution if she is violent in her temper tantrums?

Can you have your daughter committed to an institution if she is violent in her temper tantrums?

Diagnose first: The first thing to do is have her evaluated by a behavioral psychologist or psychiatrist. there may be treatment alternatives that can successfully manage her behavior. A last resort would be a psychiatric hospitalization to further the evaluation. ...Read more

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Can Alzheimer's sufferers develop temper tantrums?

Yes: Person with alzheimer's disease may develop a catastrophic reaction if they are in a stressful situation that they do not understand. ...Read more

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Can Alzheimer's patients develop temper tantrums?

Can Alzheimer's patients develop temper tantrums?

Absolutely: Loss of self-monitoring and disinhibition of emotional control is a potent combination, often leading to temper tantrums, aggressivity, foul language. Any dementia with those features can have similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Tantrums (Definition)

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Down Syndrome (Definition)

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