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Posted by Dad on May 31, 2000 at 12:57:22:

In Reply to: Re: I don't know what else to do ,,,,,,,,, posted by . on May 27, 2000 at 16:54:52:

actions like these can be spurred on by sensory integration problems. When the cacophony of input exceeds the affected person's ability to sort through the mess, they often resort to extreme stimming (like head banging) to tune out the roar.

Another aspect is the child's threshhold for pain. Because many of our children have such a high tolerance, they don't really fear pain the way unaffected people do. They also don' realize that what they do can cause others to also feel pain.

Autistic children also have limited means to communicate to those around them. It takes many years to break thru the barriers, and until then, they often exhibit behaviors which seem bizarre and sometimes violent if you don't know the meaning. My boy had a habit of runningat people and pushing them (and with his low center of gravity and a full head of steam, often would take the target right off their feet). After watching him for a few days, we realized that his only game was chase (sort of like tag), and he didn't know any other way to get this going.

We had our boy tested for and then initiated treatment for lead poisoning. One of the unanticipated side effects (along with improved eye contact, onset of word echoing and increased activity) was his tolerance for pain diminished. Seems lead tends to deaden the pain receptors in the brain, along with the other things it affects. Now that we have reduced his lead level, he is alot less likely to do things which are injurous to others, as he is beginning to understand that it hurts.

I am not trying to say this is what your problem is. But you can have your child tested for lead. If the doctor balks and doesn't think it is necessary, tell him that you were at a friend's house and saw him eat some paint chips. They will test him then.

Good luck!

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