This afternoon I got an "SOS" e-mail from a reader named Lisa, whose son Jared has autism. She was looking for advice about dealing with challenging issues involving aggressive responses from Jared when things are not going the way he wants them to go. My family has not experienced those particular issues, so I had two pieces of advice for her:
1) Send the same e-mail to Susan Senator, who has been there (and read her book Making Peace with Autism), and
2) Let me toss this out to the wise folks in the autism blogosphere.
Lisa jumped at both ideas, so I'm posting her e-mail here and imploring you to post your best ideas, suggestions, and words of advice in the comments section. Lisa writes:
My family is challenged by Jared's aggression problems. Over the slightest correction or frustration, Jared melts down, then lashes out. He consistently lashes out at me, his younger brother and our dog, and this has me very concerned. I am the parent that works full time, so my husband is the at-home parent. My husband is much more successful with Jared than I, or his female teachers, but Jared will hit him too. These meltdowns leave pretty much everyone a mess, except for Jared.
I've printed up tons of info on behavior modification techniques, but I'd be a fool if I didn't ask those in the trenches (some crap filled, some not). Do you know of any resources that could help?
Okay, wise blogosphere friends, you are the best resources I know.