by Carra Connors
(Everett, Washington, USA)
Hi my name is Carra and I am the mom of a 22 month old who seems to have severe anger issues, if that's possible??? He yells so loud when he's mad he sounds like a grown man in a rage. He hits me, he lunges at me (even when he's not mad), and I don't know what to do??? Time out doesn't work, nothing does. He's been in therapy for 18 months so why this new issue?? Can you please give me some advice??
One other thing. What is the best response to give to people that tell me my son is displaying normal toddler behavior because all they see is his cute smile. Not whats really going on??
Oh my, it sure sounds like you have your hands full. The poor little guy... so out of control, so much anger, so much pain. I do have several questions; has he been officially diagnosed with SPD? Does he have any other diagnoses? When you say he has been in therapy for 18 months... what type of therapy specifically? What disciplines work with him... OT? PT? Speech? What do they do with him? What treatments have they tried? What have they suggested you do with him between visits? If he has SPD, how are they addressing the underlying sensory issues? Is his speech and/or communication skills delayed?
He IS adorable, I must say. But, I will not stop there. He is in emotional pain and so are you. Let's see what we can do to help guide you in the right direction. If you can submit your answers to my questions below, then I can try to help you further. Anyone else who has any questions or comments to help sort this out, feel free to jump in!