Originally Posted by shayles
I need a little help. DS is 8 and diagnosed ASD for about 3 years now, high functioning but speech problems. School is awesome, aides are great.
The problem is he has started to hurt himself again. If he is reminded something is inappropriate (another huge issue) he is so hard on himself he starts puching himself in the face/head/body. Hard enough to really hurt himself. I usually have to hold him down to get him to stop. It has been happening more and more and I am not sure what steps we can take to get him to stop again. He has also taken a few swings at me that did not go over so well. We have had a few changes around the home front ( I started a dayhome) but his schedule is for the most part the same. Any ideas would be great. Thanks.
I'm sorry you are dealing with this. My son self-injures too, and it is difficult to say the least. It sounds like whatever you did in the past was successful to stop the behavior for a while. I would go back to whomever or whatever agency/teacher/etc. who helped you the first time and let them know what is happening. I'm sure they've dealt with this before and can offer you new and further suggestions. I'd also go right to his teachers and ask for help.
If your son is in therapy of any kind, you should definitely talk to his therapist. Even if the therapist isn't a behavioralist, he/she could also help point you in the right direction.
Best of luck - hang in there.