Autism and self injury

Little Bub has been making some incredible strides in coping with frustrations! I am so proud of him.

Bad days are still really bad though. Today was a rough one for him (the first one in awhile) and he started hitting himself in class. I asked his therapist how to help decrease the behavior and really the only thing we can do is discourage it and try to remove stressors when he gets to that point.

I'd love to hear what anyone else does, if they have a child that reacts this way. It makes me so sad for him because he feels like he can't stop it.

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    03/27/14
    8Theresa Gould
    Sorry to hear he had a rough day. I don't have any ideas or experience just empathy for you and Bub.
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        03/27/14
        4Sabrina
        One thing that works for some kids is certain types of sensory input like the squeezing sensation from a spandex shirt or a heavy weighted blanket or vest. These are things that the school should have available as part of a "sensory diet" for kids on the spectrum.

        You can make weighted vests and blankets yourself, there are tutorials online. I got ours from a friend in Philly. There's a children's museum there that sells them for a reasonable price, so I asked her to mail me one and paid shipping and stuff.
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          03/27/14
          4Sabrina
          Oh, also I wanted to say that my son's way of acting this issue out is to jump onto and off of things and slam himself down on the floor or the furniture. Bruises all over his danged self! He only hit himself once, but he was extremely stressed out at the time.
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            03/28/14
            4Milagro Rivera
            Antonio gets to the point where nothing calms him down. he balls up his fists and will punch himself, pull hi hair, headbud the wall. I have to hold him jut to stop him because he is very strong for being 5yrs old. we are still working on showing him how to relax. hasn't been easy.
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              03/28/14
              My brother is 24 and has autism and is blind. I remember when we were younger and his angry was bad my mom never sent him away she just tried new programs and made sure he was in school learning new things. We use to have a counselor come to the home and do motor skills with him. Like you said you have to teach him no that behave like that. As my brother got older yes sometimes he does have outburst of frustration because he can't communicate the way he wants. it makes me cry when he is like this because he can't when he gets made and hurt his self. He is the sweetest thing and so funny. Just continue to love on him and treat him as nothing is wrong with him. We treat are brother as if he doesn't have autism and some people felt like baby him and treat like a autism child. No because with us he can feel like he is normal for once. If you like I can tell about some programs my did for him.
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