Biting

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Biting
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Tue, 10-05-2004 - 1:55pm
I saw that biting was mentioned on the sleeping thread and thought I'd start a new thread for this topic.

My daughter, Sydney, bites herself and other people. She used to just bite herself when she was crying and throwing a fit--out of anger, frustration or maybe pain?? Now she does it a lot and even when she is happy. She always bites the same part of her left arm--right above her hand. We do put a foamy wrist guard on her when she's in the mood to bite so she doesn't hurt herself. But she also likes to bite other people. If she is being held, she will just try to bite the person. If she is near someone, she'll sometimes grab them, pull them toward her, and bite! She is not being mean(I don't think she even understands that concept). I think she may even think she is being affectionate?? She is also real bad about pulling hair(anyone's she can reach), pinching, and grabbing. At school, they can't even sit her near the other kids anymore. I think she thinks she is playing and doesn't understand she is hurting others. Sydney is severely/profoundly MR, nonverbal, and has quad CP. She seems to understand a lot of what we say but is NOT responding to scolding and "no" with these behaviors.

Has anyone had these type problems and found solutions? You all have really got me thinking about the sensory issues--I honestly never gave that a whole lot of thought. I'll have to look into that area.

Thanks for any input. Pam

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In reply to: mt_happydaze
Wed, 10-06-2004 - 7:08am

Hi Pam,


I started a thread on the Sensory Integration board about biting.

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Wed, 10-06-2004 - 9:04am
Thanks, Sandra! I read that thread and have some ideas to try now--I can't believe it never occured to me to give her something to chew on--I thought of it more as a behavior issue than a sensory one. Okay, a whole new world of info has been opened up to me, LOL! I will keep reading the SID board and look for that book, The Out of Sync Child. I had heard of and seen the book but never thought it applied to us. Thanks for your help. I'll also mention this to her teachers as they have been at a loss, too. Now if we could get her to quit the hair pulling and pinching...

The job sounds interesting. I'm glad there are people that know how to negotiate the system for those of us who are perpetually confused! I don't even think we have anyone like that around here(we're in the NC mountains).

Pam

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Wed, 10-06-2004 - 11:06am

Hi Pam,


I am glad you found the thread useful.

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Wed, 10-06-2004 - 2:54pm
Thanks for the info, Sandra. I bookmarked that site so I can really check it out when I get time. Well, you won't be too far from us when you move. We are up in Alleghany, it takes us about 2 hours to get to Charlotte.

Pam

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Wed, 10-06-2004 - 3:57pm

I am sorry I kept calling your child ds.