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  •  My son, now 18 (9+ / 0-)

    is autistic, and when he was younger, say elementary years and below (and a bit into middle school though less so) he had violent violent melt downs. Sometimes those melt downs threatened others, if we were say, in the middle of the grocery store.

    I have NEVER drug him across the floor like that! I have picked him up (and gotten bitten for my efforts). I have stepped between him and others to keep other people and him safe. I have had to pin him down until he calmed down some (because he would have pulled carts over onto his head or to keep him from reaching something he could use as a weapon, like his father's cane and I couldn't pick him up). I have sung to him, cried over him, and sometimes yelled at him out of shear frustration and despair.  But in all of that I have never hurt him. Nor have I allowed him to come to harm. I have in the process often gotten injured myself.

    Thankfully we managed to work through the worst of those melt downs before he got so big I couldn't manage him. But if he had not, we would have found a way to deal with it while protecting him.

    His biological father drug him through a parking lot by his arm once, though more a walking stumble than a drag. And once I found out about it, we were gone when he wouldn't do anything to handle his own temper and learn how to deal with his child. If  I'd found out about someone at school had done something like this they would NOT have enjoyed my reaction.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 08:44:55 AM PDT

    •  GMB02, my late husband, suffered from PTSD (4+ / 0-)

      and bipolar disorder. Sometimes, I had to just hold him tight until he got over his anxiety. We had our therapists help on this, and it worked.

      I wish I could hold him now.

      The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

      by commonmass on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 08:49:43 AM PDT

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