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Okay, this is really for a friend, but I'd love everyone's thoughts so maybe I could help her out. I think I may have posted about this on the old boards but I know there are lots of new members and this is a new forum so I figured I'd give it another try.
My good friend's ds, age 3, has been exhibiting a sort of unusual behavior in which he will react with anger to strangers for no apparent reason. The usual scenario will be a person coming up to him in a supermarket while he is seated in the cart, smiling and saying, "What a handsome boy...what's your name?" or something like that. He will scream, "Go away, I don't like you!!!!" at the person. Sometimes he will even do this if a person just walks by and says nothing to him. Poor Mom gets so embarrassed, tells him it's not nice, but when she has tried to ask him about it all he'll say is, "I didn't like that man!"
A little background - this friend has been dealing with lots of aggressive behavior from ds, but the aggression, while a problem, always has an apparent trigger, like a kid trying to take his toy away. Although sometimes he does seem to feel unreasonably threatened, sort of paranoid, like a child will just be walking past him and he'll lash out, thinking she's going to take something from him. Don't know if this has any significance.
Anyway, any ideas, thoughts, similar experiences? His anger at strangers seems so weird and uncalled for. My friend is really at her wits' end.