Breaking me down

Emmett has been screaming for most of the morning.  I don’t know what’s going on with him.

This is an ear piercing, blood curdling scream that could literally be used to break people being interrogated at Guantanamo Bay.  If the screaming didn’t do it than Emmett could just simply employ his penchant for repeating the exact same question, over and over and over and over again.

I don’t think it’s his diet as this trend began prior to reintroducing milk, egg and lactose.

I do think, in fact I know, that his screaming and repeated questions are going to have me driving off a short bridge with a fast car.  I’m trying to preserve my sanity so that I don’t spend it all in one place.

Having said that,  I wish I knew what was going on so I could help.  He almost seems like he constantly overstimulated.

He definitely could be.

Gavin’s tantrum last night may have set the tone for this morning as it was definitely overstimulating for everyone.
Maybe it’s just a phase? I think I’ll just keep telling myself that, over and over again.  Perhaps I’ll believe it some day.

I just hope I believe it before he breaks me down.  🙁

 

 

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Chloe123

Have you tried a visual schedule? Or some pictures of things that help him when he is overstimulated so he can try and request what he wants/needs?

kat13

@Chloe123 That is actually really great suggestion. I forgot about it… 
 
My daughter used to have one of those for a quite some time at school and at home. Later at home, we moved to a written list with tasks for the day. It definitely helped to bring anxiety down!
 
Once the routine settled in, any minor change in schedule (even re-occurring event, but not daily part of routine) could overstimulate, so definitely some visual schedule is a huge help. And it doesn't need to be anything fancy, some of your own drawing on some note cards will be good enough (at least that what we had and I am absolutely not an artist). And find a place where you can keep them in order – we used a page from the photo album with some sticky back and plastic cover that helped to hold it in order.

kat13

I hope he settles down for you soon. Try wiping his face with a wet cold cloth. It sure helped my daughter when she used to have huge tantrums and just scream. And we also had a time of repeated questions…. Not any more thought… I am glad it is over, it was not fun.

Jenn50

Rob, is he upset, or just making noise?

lostandtired

@Jenn50 he's definitely upset. About what, I don't know.

jjean3940

Rob could ya quit writing about my life this morning???  Ha.  My 5 yr old with aspergers isn't doing the screaming thing, he does a constant repetitive robot beep.  he also asks the same question over and over again, which I answer the same way over and over again, only I have to call him that day's obsession whenever I answer it, such as baby hermit crab or wall-e.  if I "mess up" then we have to start that edition of the repetitive question all over again.  ahhhhhhhh!!!!!

lostandtired

@jjean3940 yeah, sorry about that. I suppose of you quit living my life… Lol
I don't know that people get just how overwhelming repetitive behavior is.
We never give the kids what they want, simply because the through a fit. However, I'll be honest, there are times that I would be willing to give him whatever he wants, if only he would stop repeating himself. 🙂

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