hi my son is autistic he is 3. 9 yo .non verbal i need advice how to stop him for hitting himself .he punched his face and head in agression .what strategy should b applied in self injurious behaviour

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Updated on Jul 21, 2019

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I understand your concern. For your child: 1. Provide a routine, structure and safety. Sticking to the schedule is very important. 2. Reward good behaviour. 3. Take the support of the whole family to make him feel comfortably at home. You may have to rearrange furniture according to his needs. 4.look for nonverbal cues to connect with him. . Do not force him to make eye contact Rather pay attention to the sounds and expressions he likes or dislikes. Be observant about hus expressions and gestures when she indicates hunger etc. 5. Play is an essential thing. He has to have fun so find out ways to have activities that would be fun, educational or therapeutic. He has to channelise his energy too. If energy is not channelised he will become aggressive. 6. Children with autism are hypersensitive to light, sound, touch, taste and smell. Find out what stresses your child or what calms him 7. Build on his interest - art / music 8. He will throw tantrums. Please be very very patient with him Tantrum is his way of communicating frustration and getting your attention. 9. Professional therapy is needed. Observe their classes and reinforce the activities at home. Certain activities like joining dots, tapping the ball,stringing beads are very helpful. 10. Become part of a group of parents with autistic children so that you may get more ideas and support. All the best and do keep us posted.

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