Aggressive Behavoir - Sugar or SPD

Does anyone notice aggressive behavior in their child? Our daughter is 6 and has SPD, Anxiety and possibly OCD. She is smart, creative, funny, and very loving. However we've noticed some pretty aggressive behavior recently, such as pushing much smaller kids down in the playground and banging and shaking on the fish tank. We had two incidents today and don't know what to do about it. She had a dessert with honey at it at a festival we went to earlier in the day so not sure if that played a part in the behavior, she's very sugar sensitive. Either way it's very disturbing for us as she is supposed to start school in a few weeks.


We were wondering if anyone has noticed similar behavior and what they did. She is in OT once a week and also sees a child therapist once a week.

Thank you.

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Sep 20, 2009
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I agree
by: Meshell

I agree with Donna. My oldest son is 15 and we have severe aggression issues with him. Best way we found to at least help him safely release some of that was to give him outlets for it. I know sounds weird, but we put him in MMA (mixed martial arts) it gives him a release, exercise and he is taught restraint, and respect as well as control. We also keep a heavy bag in our garage for him to hit. And I know this sounds horrible, but he has a stack of pictures that he will put on the bag ( of mom, dad brothers, sisters etc). As he says he gets his frustration with that certain person out of his system, without hurting that person, and it makes him feel better. Considering most his aggravation is with his younger siblings, and his aggression towards them was our main concern.

Sep 12, 2009
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Thank you for your response
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your answer. We will look into things to get her aggression out. We started school, although there is no hitting she is being aggressive and we have to find a way to solve this fast!
Thanks again!

Sep 06, 2009
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Sugar or SPD?
by: DonnaT, MA

My 7 yr. old son is SPD with Anxiety and has had aggressive moments on the playground with smaller kids. I found that overstimulation & frustration, ie multiple kids, a lot of different equipment, etc., added to the situation. If my son has no "safe" way to vent his frustrations, these situations occur. Ask your OT for ideas to get the frustration out, like pounding a mat, or pushing really, really hard on something heavy. Also, contact your school. They should have a social program that can help.

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