We are having a SERIOUS problem with throwing. And by serious I mean dangerous and annoying and frustrating and exhausting. Cooper throws everything. Whether it be a toy, food, sand or rocks. I have determined that this is 100% a sensory thing. He likes the sounds these items make when they hit stuff. And usually the sounds evoke huge laughs from Cooper. He NEVER throws out of anger but he is strong so often other kids (Sawyer) get hurt.
We try to discipline this but honestly we would be saying no and doing ‘time outs’ the whole entire day. We can’t get through to him. And, another layer of oddness. We WANT Cooper to play and interact so when he throws the ball for our dogs we are ecstatic. He is engaging and enjoying himself. But, he can’t differentiate between throwing a ball for our dog and throwing a rock at a window. Go figure. And lately he has been throwing A LOT of rocks at windows and vehicles. UGH. What next??? I am so worried he is going to get into real trouble at daycare with his throwing. Or hurt someone.
Case and Point:
Last Friday, I pulled into occupational therapy with a million things on my mind. (typical) I unloaded Sawyer while on the phone (stupid) and had my hands full. A travel coffee mug in one hand (always), a giant purse and Sawyer in the other arm. I then opened the door for Cooper to climb out. As I finished up my conversation Cooper picked up a handful of rocks and threw them at my Yukon. And the kid has an arm on him. As they bounced off the windshield I hung up the phone and grabbed him by the arm. I stupidly assumed his hands were empty but apparently he has the capacity of a pocket gopher. He chucked another handful at the glass doors. It sounded like a gunshot. And in true grand finale fashion, he got one more throw off at the front desk person. I shit you not a rock bounced off this person’s keyboard. I apologized over and over again. Luckily, this person is in their early 20’s and super laid back. Thank God.
The throwing has to stop. It is causing a huge problem at daycare. The hardest part about this is that Cooper doesn’t know how to play or interact with other kids. He gets excited and he throws. He thinks in his mind that he is playing. Any advice out there???? Times out’s are not working.