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"I DON'T WANT YOU TO HOLD ME DOWN!  NO THANK YOU!  NO THANK YOU!  IT HURTS ME!  WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS, MOMMY?  STOP!  PLEASE!"

Tears streamed from my son TJ's red, hot, blotchy four-year-old face as he struggled to catch his breath. I felt his little heart pounding through his chest between the soft brown blanket I wrapped him in, and the weight of my body.  He thrashed his head backward and headbutted me, and then quickly turned his head to the side and sunk his tiny, sharp teeth into my bare shoulder.  I yelped in pain as I immediately scanned the imaginary file of new information in my brain that I just gleaned from his (absolutely amazing and wonderful) occupational therapist yesterday.

File tab label reads: Co-Regulation Strategies and Keeping Yourself Safe During Violent Meltdowns

I frantically scanned the file...

-Look for signs of dis-regulation (damn...way too late for this!)
-Keep yourself calm (uhhhhhh...ok?)
-Find a soft blanket and a soft place, such a…

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