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  1. You are the first to suggest it. I just looked at WebMD and a few other websites for the list of symptoms. It doesn't seem to fit. ADHD, however, fits very well. Anxiety seems to fit, too. I know he has many negative thought patterns by the way he talks. However, he doesn't cycle through anything or have signs of hypomania like the bipolar 2 lists mentioned.
  2. Don't assume it's you. I think many, maybe most, people aren't very good at their jobs. The first one definitely sounds flaky. I think the second one didn't make her point clearly enough.
  3. I didn't read the book until he was nine, so I don't think I had any unrealistic expectations when using the technique. I can see that it might not work for a younger child with a diagnosable condition. I had to use it yesterday, in fact. At 14 he is certainly capable of going downstairs to make meatballs. He just didn't feel like doing it without expressing how annoyed he was at having to do it at that time. So he had to park it twice for a minute or two each time, and then he finally decided to go downstairs without complaining. He seems to find it easy to view us as the enemy. I'd say
  4. Food dyes make him go nuts. He's been off them for a few years, but they used to result in him have meltdowns over nothing and hitting himself in the head or bang his head on the wall. Maybe I already mentioned this, but not eating enough makes him beyond hangry, but act like a monster. (Now that he's growing like a weed he finally recognizes hunger before reaching this stage.) I can't tell you how many times over the years he acted like a total a**hole or possessed or something and then would turn back into a person about 10-20 minutes after eating. The worse he acted, the more he'd resi
  5. The main technique I remember from the book is this: When an unwanted behavior occurs (presumably that doesn't go away with normal parenting strategies), make the child "park it." This means the parent makes him sit until he's quiet and seems ready to comply. The idea is for the parent to be there but be boring and not interact, lest they get sucked into an argument or provide an audience for a child who seems to seek drama. Once the child seems ready, give the same instruction that he was resisting before. If he starts up with an attitude, repeat the process until he finally gives in an compl
  6. He had/has some definitely sensory issues as well. From ages 2-5 he cried or screamed every single time I washed his hair (I don't remember it being a problem before then). Then after he turned 5 he finally managed to start keeping it down to a whimper, until eventually he could handle it it without crying.
  7. How do your kids handle holidays? From ages 7-9 DS ruined my birthday every year. He seemed to get these unreasonable, unspoken expectations around holidays that resulted in massive meltdowns or fits. After three years in a row, we decided to stop telling him it was my birthday. I think at 13 he was finally able to handle it without ruining the day.
  8. I will say that parenting books, especially Christian ones, make me feel totally discouraged. I gave up reading them years ago. DS doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes or punishments like my other child. About the only book that was ever actually useful was The Manipulative Child.
  9. Is it possible that both these problems are just the result of ADHD and anxiety? He only has these kind of problems with us. He doesn't give other people this kind of trouble. He showed definite signs of ADHD at gymnastics practice and anxiety (acting as a total jerk to us while getting ready in the hotel) before meets, but not the other issues.
  10. This is why I prefer to read people's print instead of cursive. Ugh!
  11. I'm not totally sure I understand your question, but he's never had language problems. He was an early talker, and when he was four he liked to have me write down stories he told.
  12. I've been looking into neuropsych testing. I found several places that seem to offer it. One is in my town, but their website doesn't give many details. Another one seems to be part of a small chain (?) and also doesn't give many details. The third possibility is at a local university and is $1700-2100 (or higher if autism is suspected). Specific tests weren't listed but the description mentioned: learning disorders, ADHD, ASD, giftedness, memory, emotional and behavioral difficulties, and reading, writing, and math processing issues. It sounds like the process involves an initial appoint
  13. Improved impulse control would be one of the top two. Then he wouldn't pester his brother and trigger fights.
  14. I started him on Vitamin Shoppe's Relora Calm a few weeks ago and he became much calmer within a few days. Here are the ingredients: I think there is definitely an anxiety component. Can it manifest itself as arguing about imaginary rules?
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