Bub had -THE- biggest meltdown I have seen in a VERY long time this afternoon.
I stayed up very late this morning after work, completing a document I had been working on for over a week. I passed out on the couch watching Joe play "Angry Birds"....I don't get the allure..
When Bub got home from school around 3pm, I was still passed out on the couch...he attacked me w/ a big ol' smooch on the kisser, so he was in a very good mood. I still didn't get awake until about 430 tho. I went outside to grab the mail and heard such screaming coming from inside.
*Sometimes I think our neighbors worry about the noises coming from our house....*
I walk in to find Joe pinning Bub to the couch. Bub's face is beet red and he's screaming his lungs out. Joe says he had his back turned for a min, and found Bub attempting to hit Zber. Obviously Bub and Joe are only intensifying eachother's anger, so I grab bub and convince him to hang out in his room with me. I locked us both in. Bub didn't like being locked in his room despite my being in there with him. He tried to hit me, tried to hit and kick the walls and doors, tried to throw himself on the ground, tried to head-butt me. I just kept stopping him and tried to distract him with his favorite toys, and getting him to copy momma doing deep breathing while signing "calm down"
when he stopped screaming so loud and gave up on hurting me or himself, we went to the bathroom to get some APAP meltaways and brushed teeth and did the ACT rinse (tactile stimuli really helps, but it has to be "his" idea these days to make it successful). so now he's smiling and we make funny faces at eachother in the mirror.
When we leave the bathroom, I announce to Bub that we are going to the kitchen to make his all time favorite dinner of chicken nuggets so he wouldn't remember his angriness and attempt to recapture the mood once he and Z came face to face again. Momma's rouse was successful, I had bub help me make the nuggets. He's really good at putting them in the microwave and setting the microwave, but he's always impatient and opens it up before they are done ad tries to eat the "raw" nuggets.
Thankfully, there were no more angry episodes before bedtime, and Bub helped me put new sheets on his bed after he tore his off and flung them on the floor during his meltdown. He seemed to welcome the idea of bed, and he likes how Momma will play into his ritualistic-ness by setting up his blanket layers exactly right including putting the ani-ooh and camera in his bedding.
I think Zber must have tripped on Bub or did something that physically "hurt" him, because he kept trying to bang a specific body part on me and the walls...he usually only does that when he is actually hurting, not when he is just mad. I have no idea why it escalated to such a high intensity today tho. But it is Friday, and I've been at work Tues -Thursday nite. I wonder if this is happening at school. I'm not getting any notes about it if it is tho.
Joe is worried his resperidone needs to be upped. I have to remind him that Bub's med doesn't stop the anger and aggressiveness...it just tends to tone it down a bit so behavioral modifications have a chance to sink in. my poor bub. Autism sure can throw a loop on you very unexpectedly.
*FYI- Zber was not hurt by Bub...we keep a VERY close eye on things like this and protect both our children to the highest extent*