So therapist is apparently working on self calming stuff with difficult child. She said they have learned thru research that the brain remembers smells in context to what you learn. Many times when you remember a place or an event you remember the smells. Ok sounds good. When I smell popcorn I think of movies. Therapist is really sensitive to smells, but found something she can use with the kiddos that they can smell and does not kill her. Chapstick. Vanilla scented chapstick, in difficult child's case, she gave him coca cola vanilla scented chapstick. So when difficult child is super hyper, I say chapstick and he is supposed to go to his calm spot mentally. Now what is cracking me up, is that it works. He gets way out of control, I say chapstick and it is like someone flipped a switch. Wow. I don't know how long it will work, but for now it is great. easy child is royally po'ed. She does not know why I keep telling difficult child chapstick. She has noticed that he calms down after I say it, but she told me "I just don't know how putting on chapstick calms you down." I am not telling her as she will over use it or make fun of him and any chance we have of this working is gone. I am not sure if I will tell husband anytime soon either, as he has been very critical of difficult child lately, and he may do the same thing. He just cannot stay calm with difficult child lately, he just blows. Maybe I need to do the chapstick thing with him.