This activity seems to be particularly disturbing to the parent of a child with a disability. I certainly found it to be one of the most troublesome behaviors that my child developed. If for no other reason than the parent's peace of mind, it is important to find a solution to this problem Of course there is another reason to find a solution.
Doctors are not positive why some children with Autism do this. Some doctors believe the child at one point is sick with something like an ear ache or some other pain. They bump their heads on something hard and get relief. Unfortunately, after the ear ache or other pain is gone they continue to bump their heads
It is believe, again by some doctors, that children continue to bump their heads because it feels good. The problem is those bumps can become harder and harder. To the point parents are afraid that their child will permanently damage themselves and further add to their disability.
Luckily there are a variety of medications which may help with this behavior. Although you may have to search for a doctor with experience in this area, it is available. Some parents use a helmet with their child. One of the disadvantages is the obvious difference between your child and another child. One of the advantages is not introducing more medication into our children's system.
Mylinda Elliott is the parent of five children. The third of the five has Autism which was diagnosed early on. The fourth of the five children has Aspergers. She is a self taught expert on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Mylinda Elliott has also worked professionally in the disability world for the past fifteen years. She is considered the "Go To" woman for advice or resources on disabilities.