How do I protect our TV from thrown objects?
Our autistic grandson lives with us and sometimes when he’s in meltdown mode, he throws things. Yes, easiest thing is to remove child from the room but sometimes that’s impossible. If we hang tv on wall are there doors or something we can build to cover it?thanks for any ideas.
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I haven't experienced an autistic child first hand, so please don't be offended.
If the TV is not in use while he is there, make a nice yet durable covering it. Perhaps a easy reclaimed wood "box" to cover it or a sliding barn wood door.
Smack the wouldbe thrower
Mary, you obviously know nothing about autism...I have 2 sons (now adults) who were into throwing and punching walls, we had a man make portable doors to easily close off tv when boys were having a rough time. Was worth the price and after a while we got to like the look.
How about building something similar to a wall cabinet but add shutters instead of traditional cabinet doors? You could build it the size you need to fit around your tv and leave open in the back, just attach the sides to the wall with "L" brackets. Make sure it's secured in studs.
I hope my idea isn't too muddled. It's clear in my head but might not have made it in the post.
Another though is to get in touch with other parents & grandparents with an autistic child that throws items. Perhaps they can help you find something that would work fo ryou.
You have my utmost sympathy! Two sets of friends have autistic sons. It can be downright dangerous. I can tell you stories. Both sets of parents worry what will become of them once they are too old to care for them and hope their money will last.
Here are a bunch of ideas, see what will work best for you.