Hi -new here. This is an interesting site. I have a question nobody has ever been able to answer -except to tell me to try medications on this child. (I will call him Bob since this question is rather revealing). Bob is only 7 years old, nonverbal & has a severe form of autism. I never went for any other diagnosis -es...but if i did they would probably say he has oppositional defiant disorder & attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He can be rather aggressive nearly all the time. I do not want to put him on medications (for as long as i don't have to). i removed him from public school & began home schooling him for many reasons, one being that eventually i feared they would want me to put him on medications. He lashes out at any one who is effective when teaching him anything, whenever something is required of him as well as many other times for many other reasons. (he becomes physical -hits, kicks, bites, pinches, scratces, scream & goes limp to fall to the floor or get away or out of whatever he is supposed to be doing -like walking for example, or sitting in a chair). More specifically this is what is happening; He is in a chair & i am right in front of him -i tell him to "take blue" (learning to identify colors -preschool academics) while i hold out 2 solid colored markers to choose from. Instead he screams to drown out my voice, i pause & slowly, calmly repeat. He lunges at me and bites me & won't stop physically attacking me. Then once/if i can get him back into his chair - i repeat & since he is unresponsive i do it hand over hand (like i am him -answering correctly)....as an example situation. This is how nearly all our sessions go, no matter how fun or whether he loves or hates the activity, & no matter how perfectly loving & kind i am or what i do to deal with it -seems like i've tried everything. Eventually there is an attack because eventually something is required of him. So my question is, what do i do?