Emmett got a hold of Elliott’s face this afternoon. As usual it was unprovoked. I used to think that Emmett did this out of frustration but that’s clearly not the case. Sometimes I wonder if there is any rhyme or reason to this behavior. I know that we have tried everything short of corporal punishment (and that is a line we will NOT cross) and nothing seems to help. Please don’t leave comments advocating corporal punishment either. You can’t teach a child to stop hitting someone else by hitting them.
Autism comes with many complications, especially for us. Sometimes they are “simple” texture or sensory issues and sometimes they are much more serious. Every day we do our best to shield the other boys from Emmett’s violent outbursts but many times things happen anyway. Hopefully our work with Casey Western Reserve University will yeild some benefit in this area.