May 6, 2015

Self-Injurious Behavior: Yep, That's a Thing

One of the things that most deeply upsets me is Brandon’s potential for self-injurious behavior.

He’s always been one of those kids who would take a hard tumble, and hop right back up and play.  He has a high pain tolerance.  When he is very upset, sometimes he will hurt himself.  He will hit himself, bite himself, scratch himself, or take his knuckles and knock himself in the head...hard.

Thankfully, this doesn't happen very often and we work through it when it does.  It's extremely upsetting to know that my son could be that frustrated...that the only way he knows to release that tension is to hurt himself.  My heart hurts for him.  I would take that pain from him in an instant if I could.

I'm writing this quick post because it's on my heart right now, and I feel like it's one of many things that people don't know about autism.  Self-injurious behavior is a thing.  I have a lot of readers who come to my blog to learn more about autism and to understand what this world looks like in everyday life.  Just keep in mind that not every child on the autism spectrum has self-injurious behaviors.  Some have none.  Some have a lot more than Brandon.  This is just a little glimpse into our experience.

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