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175. Inside Out; Navigating the World of Self-Injury

podcast Mar 14, 2024

In this episode of the Not Your Average Autism Mom podcast, Shannon digs into the challenging world of self-injurious behaviors in children on the autism spectrum. 

We explored the various forms these behaviors can take, from hand/arm biting to head banging, and discussed why they occur, often as a means of releasing stress chemicals when the nervous system becomes overwhelmed.

Throughout the episode, we provided practical strategies for parents and caregivers to address these behaviors effectively. Listeners learn the importance of identifying triggers and reducing stressors, as well as the value of teaching alternative communication methods for nonverbal children.

We emphasized the need to understand the function the behavior serves and to replace it with healthier alternatives through consistent practice and reinforcement. 

By empowering parents with knowledge and actionable steps, we aimed to provide hope and support for families navigating the complexities of autism-related self-injury. Through understanding and compassionate intervention, we can help our children overcome these challenges and thrive.

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