Re: self injurious head hitting and autism
Self-injurious behavior like head hitting usually starts as a need for stimulation and becomes a habit. My youngest son started having issues with head banging when he was four months old and it became increasingly often as he got older. I taught in a classroom with a boy with severe autism who would hit and bang his head to the extent that he wore a helmet for protection. I didn't want this for my son, so at an early stage I would place a headband on his head when I noticed he would bang his head. He would keep the band on for 15-20 minutes and would then remove it. This seemed to help keep the banging at bay. If he has a particularly bad day, we will sometimes use a pair gun ear mufflers which squeeze a bit tighter than the headband, plus offers noise reduction. We have been using the headband and ear muffs for a number of years. He's seven now and will sometimes place the headband on by himself when he needs the help.