No Room for Aggression!!!

February 17, 2017 by in category Our Thoughts – What We've Been thinking about recently with 0 and 0

Home life now and SECOND HOME later will be much better enjoyed by all if there are no aggression issues!

WE need to tackle right NOW aggressive behaviors! Our children’s quality of life now and in the future will be vastly improved if they are NOT aggressive toward themselves or others. It is all too common that our guys and gals on the spectrum cannot control their rage and take it out on mom, dad, siblings, pets, teachers, therapists, or just themselves. So, let’s review some of the more common causes of aggression.

Diet
Here we go again. Yep, back to diet. We really have to go gluten free, dairy free, low sugar, get the dyes, preservatives, MSG, fast foods, pizza, sodas, out of their diet. Really. We may also have to eliminate all sources of corn, citrus, soy, and peanuts.

Gut Issues
Constipation, diarrhea, and reflux issues must be resolved. I can’t tell you how often just “cleaning out” a clogged sewer system, the bowels, dramatically reduces aggression. Chronic pain, such as untreated reflux disease, can also greatly improve one’s disposition.

Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors and Anxiety
If you live with a child with these behaviors, you know how quickly an explosive rage can ignite. Behavior modification techniques may help a tad, but certainly not enough. There are many approaches to the treatment of OCD and anxiety, depending on the source of the behaviors.

Inflammation
Inflammation anywhere in the body can certainly trigger behaviors. Sometimes the source is known and sometimes it just cannot be figured out. Natural anti-inflammatory supplements can be very helpful here.

Structural Abnormalities in the Brain
An MRI of the brain can help pinpoint a problem (fixable!)

Hormones
These children certainly can have huge negative responses to their hormones. They have to be measured and modified. When this is accomplished, wow, they can really simmer down.

Environmental Triggers
Many of our children on the spectrum are overly sensitive to sights, sounds, smells, chemicals, off-gassing of carpets, paints, lighting, etc. Very often we have to really clean up the home and school environments.

These are just a few examples of triggers of aggressive behaviors! The treatments are many and very from child to child and vary even within an individual child because they can actually have multiple triggers for aggression, and we have to figure them ALL out.

The bottom line is in most cases, not all, we can positively impact anger, rage, and aggression, one merely has to ask WHY and look.

 

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