IASO (Immature Adrenaline Systems Over-reactivity), AKA Aggressive Behavior

Aggressive or violent behavior can be a very difficult and discouraging issue to manage, especially for special needs parents and caregivers. Violent behaviors hinder progress in IEPs, in learning plans, and in becoming mature in personal independence and social skills.

How to Modify Aggressive Behavior in Children with Autism

Bright Minds Institute

A frequent question from both parents and teachers is how do you discipline children that behave badly -- and by that I mean become physically aggressive or start having tantrums and throwing things around physically.

Ask the Developmental Doc: Psychotropic Medication

Dear Developmental Doc,

We have a 10-year-old son who is on Resperidal and Zoloft who is having really severe behaviors in school and at home when ANY type of demand is put on him. He hits, scratches, spits, kicks, etc.  Any suggestions for us to control his behavior? We are really worried about his physical abuse as he gets older and stronger! Thanks, Dawn R.

Shock Therapy: Treatment or Torture?

Most people have heard about shock therapy treatments, a popular method of treating individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders in the 40s and 50s.  What many people don’t know is this treatment is still used.

Disciplining Children with Autism

Autism presents its own set of challenges when it comes to parenting and disciplining at home and in school.  Children with autism tend to have difficulty communicating, and they typically either retreat into themselves or become frustrated and angry.  Follow some tips to discipline children with autism more effectively.


Dealing with Behavioral Issues in School

Special needs children can thrive in a regular school setting, yet many times, their behavioral issues can become a problem with the teacher, staff, or other students.  While it may be hard to hear about your child’s behavior problems, there are easy ways you can work with the school and your child. 

Offer to Volunteer in Your Child’s Class

Disciplining Children with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a condition that affects the brain areas that regulate impulse control, emotions, speech, thought, planning, and memory.  Children with bipolar disorder are extremely influenced by their impulses and surroundings.   This situation makes it difficult for them to behave appropriately at times, even if they are being regulated with medication.   Parenting a child with bipolar disorder can be challenging, but there are ways to help a bipolar child manage their behaviors.

Preventive Measures

Is Restraining Children in School Unethical?

When we drop off our kids at school, we assume they are in a safe environment.  While nearly every institution has a code regarding seclusions and restraints, most parents don’t stop to think such tactics will be used on their children.

Behavioral Problems and Medication in Kids

Behavioral problems in children can range from mild mischievousness to serious misconduct that can interfere with normal development. Children and adolescents with extreme behavioral problems, more than typical childhood misbehavior, should be evaluated by their physician for oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or conduct disorder (CD).

“Scream Rooms” Used on Special Needs Children

Parents are outraged at one elementary school’s use of what have been termed as “scream rooms” on their children with special needs and behavioral problems. Teachers and staff at Farm Hill Elementary School in Middletown, CT, reportedly used the rooms, which are no more than 6-by-4-foot closets, to isolate students with special needs who were being disruptive in class. Janitorial staff at the school reported having to clean up blood and urine from the floors and concrete walls.