Toddlers trigger is transitions. For about over a year, we haven't been able to tell him it's time for x, y, z without him shouting no, hitting and kicking and generally thrashing before We've even finished the sentence. We have been firm but calm, NEVER give in and always follow through, but literally around 16 months into this I am losing any sense that it'll ever stop. Today at the sealife centre, he didn't want to see fish, leave the playground, wait for a minute while mummy snd daddy look at the stingray, literally had hitting episodes all around the park. After about the 5th hitting episode i simply carried him outside the park and ignored him. He then kept hitting me precisely on the arm saying \" hit daddy. I hit daddy and now we go home\". Honestly,, I'm getting to the point of being scared of him. I shower him with love, give calm boundaries (both my partner and I are teachers). Hs just SO contrary and isn't getting the message at all which seems insane to me given we have literally NEVER given in. After the sealife center he spent the car drive home proudly declaring over and over \"I hit mummy and daddy\".
Now she is little sweet 2.5 years old and she says \"mama\" (I cried when she said that magic word), she waves bye bye or hi, she points, she gives \"high 5\", her joint attention is great and overall she is doing so much better! And that's all because I have been doing everything you described in your books and videos! I. My mind I always play \"repetition, repetition and repetition\", teaching her everything through play that she so much enjoys!!! I can write forever explaining how much I taught her through yr videos and books! And the most amazing thing is that her speech therapist is a big fan of yours as well so it worked out perfectly since we understand each other and work based on your teachings! The therapist even owns the same books I own ...I am so grateful that my toddler has such an amazing therapist; especially the one that understands autism and is ready for a real challenge! God bless you for all you do and I cannot wait for my toddler blossom.. you gave me hope and lit the light inside me. And I'm determined to work with my girl :)\"
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