Hi, it is Sept 19 and I just joined this forum. I am sitting in a hotel room in St.Clairsville, Ohio where I have been for the past 2 days because my son, now 14, who has Aspergers has been in a residential treatment facility here for 2 months and Friday they put him on suicide watch. Normally I come down on Sundays, visit him, then stay over and have my family therapy session on Mondays, then drive back to Columbus, Ohio where we live.
Something went horribly ary with my son around February of this year and he became very difficult to manage. I chalked it up to hormones. However, he began running away and not only from home but from everywhere he was. If he was at the babysitter, he ran home, if he was at home and something happened, he ran. I had the police at my house nearly every week for more than 5 months. Because of his diagnosis, every time he ran away it meant 20-30 police cars and helicopters looking for him.
He would say he just couldn't live at home anymore because everything drove him crazy. I could see how sensitive he had become which is why I felt it was hormones.
After several local hospitalizations, reaching out to Children's Services, having a nervous breakdown myself, and pulling him out of the autism school for home schooling, it was time for a more drastic step because he wasn't safe.
I am spend about 2 hours daily searching the internet for how to help him in this stage, as he was just diagnosed in 2007 and after attending an autism conference, I knew all of the right things to do and say to help him.
Now, I feel we have reached a plateau and I don't know how to help him in this stage. Help.
Thanks so much.