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My 11 Year Old Non-verbal Is Obsessed With Pulling Girls Hair. Today Was The Worst Episode. We Have Tried A Lot Of Things. Any Suggestions?

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posted July 1
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'High-Five'
And what I mean by that is that every time he becomes fixated go give him a 'High-Five' and have someone temporarily move the girl, or when giving the 'High-Five' have an additional distraction (like snacks) ready, and after a while of that, he'll break the urge.

posted July 2
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I remembered my daughter did the same at the daycare. I tried redirecting her, visual scheduling to let her know that it was not a good idea. Finally after a lot of repetition, she stopped that behaviour.

posted July 4
A MyAutismTeam Member

This sounds like my oldest son who does various things to see reactions. He used to pull his sister's hair and poke her in the eyes. Thankfully he got out of that phase. Maybe try redirecting him with a special fidget or toy. It's so hard to find out what works. It seems to take A LOT of repetition.

posted July 2
A MyAutismTeam Member

maybe a social story on friendships, treating peers respectfully, consent, and discussing how we make people feel when we pull hair, and why they won’t want to be friends if we hurt them.

posted July 13

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