Autistic youngsters damage themselves by pounding their heads against hard objects, picking at their skin, or biting or pinching themselves. These habits are tough to address once they become a habit, according to Dimian. "It's important to receive treatment for any medical condition that an autistic person may have," says Dr. Brian Smith, director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New York City. "But the main focus should be on treating the mental illness behind autism."
The most effective way to treat self-injury is with an evidence-based therapy called behavioral intervention for autistic children (BIAC). This program consists of five sessions over several months with a trained therapist who will work with you and your child to develop new behaviors and reduce maladaptive ones.
There are two types of BIAC: one designed for infants and toddlers and another for older children and adolescents. Both types of programs include social skills training, cognitive training, applied behavior analysis, and other strategies intended to help your child learn how to communicate his or her needs and to respond appropriately to environmental stimuli.
Research shows that BIAC can improve the social skills of autistic individuals and allow them to interact with others more effectively. It can also reduce repetitive behaviors such as hand flapping or rocking back and forth.
Autistic children's violent behavior against others is one way they express their feelings. Their hostile behavior might sometimes be aimed towards oneself. This is known as self-injurious behavior. They may strike, kick, hurl items, or injure oneself, such as by head-banging. Self-injury can be done to relieve intense emotions such as pain, stress, or anxiety.
Autistic children also engage in unusual behaviors that seem odd to others but are important for them to cope with the world. These include repetitive actions such as rocking back and forth or circling something over and over again; rituals, such as brushing your teeth every day even though you don't have toothache; and special interests such as trains or dolphins. The more severe the autism, the fewer these behaviors will be.
Some people who know much about autism say that social interaction is the most difficult thing for autistic individuals. These people say that autistic individuals suffer from extreme sensory overload when trying to communicate with others. They add that it is not easy for an autist to understand what someone is thinking or feeling at any given moment.
As far as verbal communication is concerned, many autistic adults find it difficult to understand spoken language. They may answer questions with questions, fail to grasp metaphors, and have trouble interpreting sarcasm. On the other hand, some autistic individuals speak very well and use advanced vocabulary.
Biting, on the other hand, is a rather normal activity. Biting is also considered a probable indicator of autism by the American Disabilities Association. Even though it is usual for autistic children to bite, it is something that must be addressed. Of course, you cannot allow your child to bite himself or herself or others. 22/24 children with autism bite themselves at least once, and 9/24 bite others.
The link between biting and autism was first noted in 1954 by Dr. Herbert Semler. He observed that most children with autism bite their fingers, cheeks, knuckles, and tongues. This unusual behavior seems to come and go over time. Some children with autism will outgrow this habit, while for others it can be a lifelong issue.
Currently, there are no laws that protect people from being bitten by those who have autism. However, many schools have policies in place to prevent self-injury and other aggressive behaviors. In these cases, if an autistic person bites someone we recommend contacting the school immediately so that measures can be taken to prevent further incidents.
That could lead to serious health problems and require medical attention.
The link between autism and biting has been reported by many researchers. Biting may be one of the first signs that someone needs help with social communication skills.
However, not all experts agree that biting is related to autism. They say that only when biting is frequent and causes pain will a doctor consider it an issue.
Also, not every biter is on the spectrum. Some people who are neurotypical (not on the spectrum) still bite as a way of expressing themselves. The fact that a young child is biting suggests that there may be a problem somewhere in their development. You should seek help if biting is ongoing and not stopping on its own.
Biting can be caused by many things, such as anxiety, depression, or another issue within the brain. If you are concerned that your toddler may have a problem with biting, talk to his or her doctor to find out more.
Children with autism may act violently or injure themselves because they have difficulty understanding what is going on around them, such as what other people are saying or communicating nonverbally. They have difficulties expressing their own desires and requirements. They are really worried and agitated. They feel overwhelmed by the world around them. They try to release some of this anxiety by acting out.
Autistic children may also destroy things when they become obsessed with certain activities. For example, an autistic child might spend hours every day lining up his or her cars in order of color, then take each car for a single spin down the driveway. This behavior has no purpose other than to entertain the child.
Finally, autistic children can be destructive to please others. They may break something valuable in order to get your attention or so that you will buy them something they want. For example, if a child notices you looking at your wallet very longingly, he or she might pull out a chair and sit in it just to get your attention.
All these behaviors are a part of autism spectrum disorder. Some people think that only adults are capable of hurting themselves, but this is not true. Young children with autism may hurt themselves in order to receive comfort or because they do not understand why they are being punished.
The reason your autistic child is destroying things is because they don't know how else to express themselves.