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Terri Mauro

Parent "Coming Down to the Ropes" With Twins' Behavior

By January 9, 2013

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ReplyDealing with one child with severe behavioral challenges is hard enough. A parent posting on the forum this week has that problem times two -- twins who are out of control at school and at home. Writes Mommyx389:

"I'm a single mother of twin boys that are 7 and 1-year-old boy. The twins have ADHD, ADD, ODD, and anxiety. I have been dealing with this problem since they were about 4 years of age. I have gone through all procedures with having the mental health case worker, pca, and play therapy. Well now they are 7 years old and their behavior is through the roof! One of my twins has been suspended twice from school because of hurting himself and teachers around him. The other twin has been destroying rooms and hitting the teachers who are involved with him. I know that this is my issue because they are mine but I am coming down to the ropes with their behavior. I'm not sure where to turn, what I can do as a parent, or how to handle their needs. I need some professional ideas and support. If there is anyone out there that can help me find a way to break through this cycle it would be a heaven sent message. Please help in any way you can!"

I suggested some books that might be helpful -- Transforming the Difficult Child, The Explosive Child, The Anxiety Cure for Kids -- and pointed her toward resources on this site, but this mom can use all the help and advice she can get. Do you have some useful suggestions, or just some sympathy to offer? Reply on the forum.

January 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm
(1) Alice Thompson says:

My son is now 12. He is ADHD, ODD, drug exposed (in utero, he’s adopted). He has been on I.E.P.’s beginning age 3. He began taking Concerta at 6. His I.E.P.’s have primary addressed his behavior and Speech delays. He also has a low/average I.Q. I never thought I would promote medications. Especially in young children. But w/o it I don’t know what we would do. It hasn’t cured anything, but has helped. His dosage has increased over the years and now he is also on Straterra. He also plays sports. Football, Basketball, wrestling. It keeps him busy, teaches so many positives, too many to mention. Plus you get a little break and they learn to take direction from other adults & make friends. Hang in there.

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