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My Child with Autism Bangs Their Head: Reasons and Strategies for Managing this Behavior.

Updated: Apr 10

Navigating the path of parenting a child with autism can often feel like sailing through uncharted waters. Every wave brings new challenges, especially when confronted with behaviors like headbanging that can leave us feeling both distressed and perplexed. But fear not, for in our latest podcast episode, we embark on a heartfelt discussion about this very behavior, offering a compassionate blueprint designed to guide you and your child through these turbulent waters.


Headbanging in children with autism is a behavior that demands our attention, as it often serves as a signal of deeper underlying issues such as physical discomfort, frustration, sensory overload, or even a simple plea for attention. Understanding the roots of headbanging is the crucial first step in effectively addressing it. We encourage you to observe and track your child's behavior patterns, identifying potential triggers and learning the best ways to intervene before the behavior escalates.


Creating a nurturing environment is paramount for children experiencing sensory overload. Activities that provide sensory input, such as rocking or swinging, can soothe and reduce the urge to headbang. Consider padding common headbanging areas in your home and explore the use of protective helmets to prevent injuries and bring peace of mind.


In our episode, I'm honored to share insights into natural approaches to address common challenges associated with ADHD and autism. Holistic solutions can significantly enhance the quality of life for children and their families.


Furthermore, our episode underscores the importance of one-on-one connection and quality time between parents and children. These moments of togetherness are not merely about bonding; they form the bedrock of understanding, security, and love for children with autism. I share strategies for strengthening this bond, offering reassurance that every shared moment is a step towards a calmer, happier child.


In closing, our podcast serves as a gentle reminder that you are not alone on this journey. There are actionable steps you can take to address headbanging behavior and a wealth of resources available to support both your child's and your family's well-being. With empathy, understanding, and the right tools, you can enrich your parenting toolkit and find harmony within the unique rhythm of your family's life.


Ready to delve deeper into this important discussion? Listen to the full episode now!


Dr. Hokehe Eko



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