Topic: PTSD and a 6 year old
So my grandson has been acting out really bad the past 4-6 months. He's been being mean to his cousins, hitting them and kicking them. He's bit the baby who is only 16 months old and slapped his hands. He's even pushed my oldest granddaughter down the stairs, luckily it was only 4 stairs. He's called them names, sometimes even cussing at them. He lies to us about just about everything. And we are at our wits end about what to do. So we decided maybe it was time to take him to a therapist. Well last week they gave us a diagnosis. PTSD! I cried my eyes out. This little boy has been through so much in his short 6 year life. We have had custody of him since July 2015. He didn't start acting out til around May/June of 2016. Do you all have any suggestions on what we can do to help him? The therapist told us that with ptsd it usually gets worse before it gets better. He has him coming in to see him once a week right now. I will do whatever it takes to help my grandson and I hurt so bad for him. I feel in some ways that this is my fault. If I had taken him from his mom back when he was 2 like I wanted to and everyone was telling me to he wouldn't have gone through and seen all the crap he went through and seen. This little boy seen his dad(stepdad) try to choke out his mom. He seen him shove her down and sit on her and start punching her. He seen him slap her in the face so hard it knocked her down. He wouldn't have had to go through that if I had made her leave him with me the first time she went back to him back when Jayvin was 2.
Anyhow, sorry about the long post and if you read the whole thing thank you. Any and all advice would be appreciated. The 3 cousins of his that he has been being mean to also live with us.