(quote) Kerry-970208 said: I have a 13 year old son with Asperger's syndrome (a milder form of autism) that has always been extremely difficult to handle--incredible stamina for hanging on and refusing to do what you say for HOURS even when small, such as you put him to bed, he got up, you put him back to bed, he got up again, and this would go on for 4 to 5 hours.
Now, we have tried everything with him--therapists, neurologists, psychiatrists galore, school interventionists, calling the police, looking for in patient hospitaization to get his meds stable (which he often refuses to take) only to find out that since he only has CHIPs insurance, no one will take him as an inpatient unless he is actively homicidal or suicidal..
Now, my husband is deceased. My son is four inches taller and outweighs me. I cannot get him to take his meds or do anything. I have two older boys, now grown, and never had this much trouble with either one. This is a 24-7-365 fight over everything, and I have lost all control.. Trying to regain control over a 13 year old very strong and almost always very angry is turning into an impossible task. Taking away priviliges doesn't work--he has few as it is, as we are poor, and he doesn't seem to care of he loses them. Nothing motivates him except seeing me cry.
I am sorry I don't have anything much to offer but prayers to offer.
This age is difficult for all boys especially. My son at this age began running cross country and loved it. I asked him about it one day and he said, "Mom, I don't know why I'm just mad all the time unless I run." His male coaches/teachers had already warned me that as boys enter their teen years they are just angry all the time. . . part of the hormonal storm.
I am including the links below strictly for some possible information. In my research, I have also been exploring the connection between parasites and human immune responses. The Hygiene Hypothesis is a powerful little hypothesis first proposed by Strachan in looking at allergies among children in different areas. The idea is that in Western developed countries we have contributed to the incidence of autoimmune disorders (uniquely a Western world problem) because we are too clean basically. This hypothesis has been expanded multiple times and now includes not only exposure to certain bacteria but exposure to parasites as well. We have a very long evolutionary history with helminths (intestinal parasites), which have pretty much been eradicated in Western countries. Needless to say, Helminthic therapies are being used with some success to treat a number of autoimmune diseases and recently there has been interest in a connection between helminthic therapies and autism. Helminths modulate human immune responses, especially in relation to inflammatory reactions, which many autoimmune diseases have in common.
I am in no way saying helminthic therapy will help, but it is a potential new treatment option being investigated. The links below will provide some more information and i can forward more scholarly articles if you wish. I came across this story in my research. Please note I am not a physician, I am a researcher, neither do I have much experience with autism, nor any specialty associated with autism, but this may or may not be helpful in your search for options.www.the-scientist.comautismtso.comautoimmunetherapies.com