The problems goes beyond social immaturity, though that certainly is part of the problem. It does not explain his defiance with you, nor does it explain his rages. One thing that stands out in your description is his level of impulsivity; it is high for his age. It might well be that he displays symptoms typical of condition(s) in the Disruptive Behavior category, in spite of the earlier evaluations. Also, is there any family history of mood disorder (Bipolar Disorder or Depression)? Some of his behavior is typical of children who display juvenile-onset bipolar disorder. It makes sense to continue with evaluations by child psychiatrist, and it would not be surprising at all if you rceieve a recommendation to use medication as part of the treatment plan. Medication could be useful in stabilizing his mood, reducing his impulsivity and lessening his aggression.
Thank you very much Dr. We'll be doing basc evaluations this month. Do you think that will shed enough light? Also, he does't rage like he used to. Those episodes would last about 45 minutes. Now when he gets upset, he can calm himself or ask for help within about 5 minutes or less. Again, I thank you enormously for your time.
i belong to a support group for parents and teachers of children who suffer from anxiety disorders. The description of your son is one that I have heard many times - the frustrations, meltdowns, extreme behavioural issues at home, inappropriate social behaviours, inflexibility, lack of initiation, hyperactivity, immaturity, etc. It is possible that your son is suffering from an anxiety disorder (perhaps social anxiety). Many of our children who have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder have also been diagnosed with depression as well as sensory integration dysfunction and expressive/receptive learning disorder.
Please do as the previous poster expressed - do keep in touch with your family pediatrician. By the way, one of the latest research studies tends to believe that anxiety disorders are a developmental disorder as well as a mental health issue. One more thing - to better help our child (who suffers from extreme social phobia and depression) to learn social manners (these children are unable to "pick up" normal social graces), we hired an art therapist to come into the school for a period of time to instruct our child on socially-correct ways, then observe during recess and playtime, and finally de-brief on the interactions. It worked wonders! I wish you the best.
Thank you jdtm =) I appreciate your support.
I can't forecast whether the evaluations will be sufficient, but you are undertaking a sensible course of action.
I have a child 4 1/2 years old with milk allergy. At the age of 4 ( June)diagnosis has been made. Until then he did all the dangerous things you can immagine he had fights with other children and was not able to sing a song in school. I had decided to see a specialist for the languange on September. He didnt had to. When he went back to school,he was a different person. He could sing almost all the songs, much more calm and happy. I am convinced and I have study a lot about exorphins - proteins of food ( usually milk and/or gluten) and how they can modify behaviour. You can search on PubMed in milk allergy+ autism or Behaviour or attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder or exorphins