We’ve been struggling a bit with Joey expressing himself in inappropriate ways, especially when he feels Otto is invading his space.
It can be frustrating for us, becaue must of his triggers are relatively small incidents. But for Joey they feel like a big deal. For example, if we tell him we’re done with an activity or he can’t do something, oftentimes he begins to cry and Â swings his arms.
We try to respect his feelings by being firm, but gentle, not accepting the poor behavior (there’s still consequences), and giving him another way to express himself. Usually I find myself saying things like,
- Use your words, not your body.
- How do you feel? I feel…