Trying to find strategies to help 7 year old
I am homeschooling a 7 1/2 year old child who I believe has SPD, although I can;t quite put him into any one specific category of the disorder. Here are some of his behaviors:
-hyperactive and always in motion
-constant daily melt-downs and tantrums over EVERYTHING, from losing a game to being told NO about something, to his sister teasing him
-melt downs that last for hours, with a pre-occupation on the issue that caused it-relentlessness
-sensitive to teeth brushing, hair brushing
-oral fixations-still puts inedible objects into his mouth for exploration
-when he eats he shoves all of his food into his mouth until he can't fit anymore…he has to be constantly told to chew and swallow his food-sometimes, he has to spit it out because he can't do anything with it.
-can't fall asleep unless he is swung (we live in Brazil, so he sleeps in a hammock but must be swung hard)
-when he gets tired, he completely becomes either irritable and cranky, throwing tantrums, or crazy and hyper active-he has no self control whatsoever-he 'crashes'
-he has no self regulation-extremely impulsive-his hands are quicker than his head
-often needs to be reminded to make eye contact (although this has gotten much better over the time I have worked with him)
-HIs speech level extremely loud
-he often grabs, or hurts animals (he has killed a few of the smaller ones)
-Shows symptoms of OCD
These are just some of his behaviors..he seems to be getting worse with his meltdowns rather than better…
are there any strategies that can be suggested to help him? I am not a psychologist, but I have my MA in working with Children with Disabilities…we do not have any sort of resources where we live as far as therapists are concerned…I'm just ordering if there are any behavioral strategies I might be able to use with him to help him (and his family)?