Safeguarding Parents and Children


I just wanted to ask for some advice please. My boys are both autistic age 13 and 15. Today they got into an altercation, it started verbally and then got physical to the point I had to intervene. In sort y youngest threw a punch at his older brother but got me right on the cheek bone. Its now swollen to three times its size!

So my question is this. In my sons school all teachers and assistants are trained in Team Teach (the use of safe restraining, safeguarding etc). Would anyone know if similar is offered to parents with high octane and aggressive children at all? I live in Hampshire and to my knowledge and following research there does not appear to be any courses along this line. I'm only 5ft tall and although as a body builder I am physically strong, sometimes I just don't see the punch coming! Both my boys are much taller than me now too. Perhaps if I was competent in safe restraining it may prevent the issue becoming physical full stop. It just seem crazy to me that teachers have this resource but parents don't.

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Have a good day,


  • Hi Rae,

    I'm not sure if it's any help, but I work with highly autistic people, and all staff receive training in Studio 3 techniques. It's about blocking blows, or extricating yourself from hand-holds, hair-pulling, body hugs, etc.  There's info here:

    Intro to Studio 3

    I really don't know if it's available outside of professional care, but it's useful to know the techniques.


  • Hi leanne35,

    I am sorry to hear your sons are struggling.

    You may like to have a look at the following link for more information on behaviour and strategies:

    You may be interested in seeking some professional support regarding the behaviour. You can search for professionals in your area we are aware of on the Autism Services Directory:

    You may like to contact The Autism Helpline who can provide information and advice on behaviour and strategies.  You can call them on 0808 800 4104 (Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 3pm).Please note that the Helpline is experiencing a high volume of calls and it may take a couple of attempts before you get through to speak to an advisor.

    Hope this will be helpful,