I have a 4 year old son who was diagnosed with XYY karotype about a year ago. Lately, he has had a lot of behavior issues; he is very strong and he does throw several temper tantrums a day. I am looking for any advice how I can redirect him and get through to him on a positive note.
How might behavior issues of a boy with 47, XYY syndrome be addressed?
Unfortunately, there is limited current information on how to address behavior issues in a boy with 47, XYY syndrome. Unique, a web site that provides information and support to families affected by rare chromosome disorders, has published several pamphlets about 47, XYY syndrome and behavior disorders. Unique suggests that parents aim to be patient, calm and firm when dealing with their son's behavior issues. Establishing predictable routines, rules, and expectations may be helpful. Sometimes professional support and/or medication may be appropriate. Other helpful strategies include ignoring bad behavior, rewarding good behavior, stopping behavior that is harmful to the boy or others, distracting the boy from difficult behavior by redirecting his attention to a new topic, and allowing a boy time to absorb and accept new information or change.
Unique also suggests that parents observe their son's behavior and try to find the cause of it by making an "ABC" chart to record three things: what comes before a tantrum (the causes or "Antecedents"), details of the "Behaviors" that are concerning, and what follows a tantrum (the "Consequences" or impact of a tantrum on the son and the family as a whole). Gathering this information may prepare parents to speak with a psychologist to assess behavior issues for each individual boy with 47, XYY.
Last updated: 1/9/2012
Where can I find resources or support for a child with behavior issues?
There are several organizations that provide support to children with behavior issues and their families:
Parent to Parent USA is a national non-profit group that aims to connect parents of children with special needs to other parents to promote the sharing of information and support.