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Is it normal for an autistic child to be violent?

An autistic child approximately 10 years old and weighs around 110 lbs is starting to ride the special ed. school bus for the first time since starting school and is very violent and tries to bite, scratch, pinch, and kick. He is non-verbal but yet gives you evil stares before trying to hurt you. Is this normal?
In Topics: Autism & Aspergers Syndrome, Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Oct 27, 2010
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It is not uncommon for autistic children to become physically aggressive. Because their verbal skills are limited, they act out rather than use their words. Children with Autism and Autism Spectrum disorders have problems with sensory integration. A crowded and loud school bus is probably very overwhelming for this child. For more information and to understand why children with Autism behave the way they do, please click on the following links:

http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/understanding-autism-basics

http://autism.about.com/od/whatisautism/a/symptoms.htm

Take care and best wishes to you!

Sincerely,
Cynthia, Counselor
Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
hotline@boystown.org

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joyinthemorning
joyinthemor... writes:
It is common, but individual to the student.  The highlight of several of my severely autistic students is to ride the bus.  One is particularly upset when the ride comes to an end or he is driven to school in the family car and misses his ride.  Any new experience will likely bring anxiety to an autistic child. The best way to introduce riding a bus is to talk about it, show the child pictures of the inside and outside of a bus, let him explore a parked empty bus.  Seat the child away from loud children.  Use headphones or  a woolen cap to muffle sound.  This child will likely calm down after a while.
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