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Pepper Member Posts: 1 Listener
I have autistic son no speach hes 30 years old 6ft big lad and for the last 7 years he pick and rip his clothes and of late its become an obsession everyday whenever he can he locks himself in toilet and rip his pants socks trousers jumpers ..when i try to tell him he become aggresive and go into rage and first time this week has hit me..really need any ideas which could help me..tried all gadgets thankyou


  • thespiceman
    thespiceman Member Posts: 6,390 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Pepper   Pleased to meet you.

    Sorry to hear what your going through.  Please can I add you very much come to the right place for support.

    My concern is yourself any violent behaviour is something that needs to be challenged, if that means you need to involve the Police.

    That is a decision you have to make. I can imagine your feeling scared and please can I just say.

    If you need further advice on anything like that.

    Consider speaking to Women's Aid domestic abuse is something they can support you with.

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    Please can I ask have you ever spoken to the Autistic Society.

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  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,167

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    Hi @Pepper, I'm ever so sorry to read your message. Unfortunately, if it's got to a point where he's hit you, you really need to involve the police for your own safety. Spiceman's suggested reaching out to Women's Aid, but have you also tried National Autistic Society's Parent to Parent helpline on 0808 800 4106?

    Are you engaged with social services at all? It might be worth speaking to them so they can perform a needs assessment for you and your son. If you're interested, we'd be happy to try and start the ball rolling for you. All you need to do is get in touch with us by email on [email protected]
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  • Geoark
    Geoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Pepper and welcome to the community.

    Sorry I am going to have to support @spiceman and @Adrian_Scope you cannot afford to overlook the violence. I appreciate it was the first time, and you did not mention if there was any remorse afterwards, but regardless if he sees it gets him what he wants with no consequence to himself it is likely to escalate.

    On a more positive note, you said tearing his clothes up began 7 years ago. Did this follow any particular incident? There are some potential triggers which come to mind. 

    An illness or some other medical condition which he has associated clothing with.
    A change in the type of clothes he is wearing, it is not unusual with autism to have sensitivity to certain materials or even if they feel too tight or loose.
    Third is a change in detergent used to clean clothes.
    Unfortunately it could be something small that went completely unnoticed or just a new obsession. If there was a trigger it is possible there is a solution. Does your son give you any reason why he does this?

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