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headbanging autism pdd

our 4 year old son had been diagnoised with mild autism and pdd nos.
he began banging his head off the mattress when he was around 6 months old.
this head banging only on the softness of his bed has become progrssively worse and at times can go on for 2-3 hours during the night.  he wont do this on a hard surface so thankfully there is no marks or damage as such.
we are wondering what we can do to reduce and stop this habit?  any help would be appreciated.
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I have a friend whose son also has autism and he used to bang his head periodically.  In the end they took him to a place called 'Snowdrop' in the UK where they said it was some sort of sensory problem and prescribed a programme of activities which had the effect of dramatically reducing the activity.
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My 7 year old son was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3. He was nonverbal and in diapers until he was 6 1/2 years old.
I have inspiring news...last month, his diagnosis was REMOVED !
After being on digestive enzymes, his emergence began slowly. After being on them for 6 months, HE got out of diapers! Over this past summer (2009), he started TALKING. He is amazing.
**Please read the book that inspired me - Enzymes for Autism and Other Neurological Conditions by Karen DeFelice**
I had an article about my son put in our local paper. We are just on top of the world! There is hope. Email me  ***@**** if you would like to talk.
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I would suggest occupational therapy to develop a sensory schedule for your child. Self injury in autistic children is frequently a sign that they are dysregulated because of the sensory input you and I can easily organize, but they can not.
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I've never heard of an autism diagnosis being removed. We've all been told that there is no cure. Are you sure that your son wasn't misdiagnosed?
1165284 tn?1323455476
Yes,  people loose their diagnosis everyday because only 2% of autism is genetic.  Much of what we call autism is neurological & intestinal damage that can be treated & improved , or sometimes healed from by finding the right balance of nutrition & enzymes for your child.
There are now very many great books out their & DAN (defeat autism now) certified, nutrition based doctors.
I just ordered Karen Defelice's books about enzymes & there is another book called Children with starving brains  about autism recovery.
There is also a good video on YouTube by a mom who has become an advocate by helping her son, her name is Jennifer Walters & her video is called "Not born this way"
Thank you vbo for posting the good news!!!! I have just started making changes in one of my sons diet & supplements & I am seeing a big difference I plan on reading the enzyme book the second it arrives.
1165284 tn?1323455476
Thank you so much vibo,  I have been hearing about this.
I just changed one of my son's diet  & added M B-12 & I am seeing very good progress, no more fog, good sleeping great eye contacting, coming & getting me daddy  & even grandma & pop- pop when they are over by the hand to play & dance...... But a little stimming still exists & he is babbling quite a bit but he is not forming the correct words yet
... I order this enzyme book by Defelice & now I am ready to read it & find the right enzymes for my son,,,, he is so close!
Thank you again for posting....it is so important as a mom to hear from other moms on what works for them!!!
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