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Ds 8 asd self harming - advice?

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Mrsmaudwatts Fri 03-Jun-16 10:27:46

My lovely Ds (aspie with ADHD) is having an awful time (as indeed the whole family is) at the moment - school mainly. He's self harming and I really dont kniw how to handle it. He will punch himself repeatedly in the face right in front of me.

Should I stop him? Talk him down? Just hug him? I have no fucking clue. He is doing it all the time. I'm walking on eggshells because if I say anything he doesn't agree with or like, or dare to tell him off for something, that' his reaction.

sad

Ineedmorepatience Fri 03-Jun-16 16:35:33

I dont really have any advice, sorry but didnt want to read and run.

Can you work out what triggers him to hurt himself? And then reduce the triggers as much as possible?

How about a punch bag or pillow and encourage him to punch that.

I am sure you have thought of those things though.

School is extremely hard for our kids, you need to try to get them to work with you to reduce his stress levels even if they dont see it at school.

Good luck flowers

PolterGoose Fri 03-Jun-16 17:15:27

Is it just the head punching? How old is he?

Reducing anxiety is key. Lots of downtime and minimal demands.

The head punching (for me) is because your head feels like it will explode and the pressure of hitting it helps. Do you do any sensory OT work with him?

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