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4 Year Old Son Pinching And Biting

4 Year Old Son Pinching And Biting

My son is 4 years old. He was diagnosed with ASD at 2 and is still non-verbal. He has always been very sweet and gentle and happy. There was a little bit of mild biting a couple years ago when he was teething, but that stopped. He also used to pinch a little bit, but it was only once in a while and all we had to say was “safe hands” and he would stop. A couple weeks ago he starting pinching his mother on a regular basis. Always when she would either tell him it was time to… read more

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Redirect. Don’t say no but redirected some thing he would actually want to do. Give lots of time for transition. Biting and pinching are both signs of frustration. Teach him to show his dislike in some other way since he’s nonverbal.

posted 19 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I’m so sorry you and your family are going through this! And what the heck, therapists?! Last winter, our guy went through a rough patch that sounds a lot like this. He was just turning 5 when it started and it was so hard. Kiddo is also usually a really happy, peaceful kid. But he started having a major reaction to hearing “no.” Throwing things, pushing. It was really mindboggling and sad. We still don’t know what caused it, and why it ended. Thank goodness it did...just as the schools closed here. 🤦🏻‍♀️

It’s not fun seeing your child struggle so hard. But I agree with folks who say behavior is speech. Your son is def trying to tell you something with his actions. When my guy was about to protest with his body, I would model, “I’m so mad!” and stomp my foot, or fold my arms. I was trying to teach a less ouchy way to express his feelings. It worked. Some of the time. I don’t know much about AAC devices...maybe a shortcut with “angry!” could help him have a more appropriate way to vent the bad feeling?

posted 19 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Welcome to Mat Family once you can identify the triggers distractions to help reduce such triggers can be put in place like games and activities that engage the oral muscles like blowing bubbles will likely reduce biting, hope it helps.

posted 19 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Only that you have to give him choices and then he may like going home to see his favourite cartoon or something and communication is the only way - through pictures and photo - sensory activities or food that he may like music etc Or take iPad with choices so he chooses something he likes to do next

edited, originally posted 20 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Idk if this will help everytime he bites or pinches try not to react loudly or anything but just point to the ground and make him sit for a few minutes also let him know before you have to leave the park point to your watch and say we have 5 minutes before we go

posted 13 days ago
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