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Rocking self to sleep and while sleeping

My 9 yr old son, has rocked side to side vigorously since he was able to do so.  He says he just likes to and it helps him fall asleep.  I have talked to him about this and even tried to get him to stop.  In the middle of the night, I can hear him rocking and it will actually move his bed or mattress.  
There have been a few nights we had to share a bed together.  All I can say is thank goodness it was a king bed because he would have injured me.  No kidding.  So I have seen first hand, how vigorous he can rock and how often he rocks.  Sometimes he is actually sleeping and I have tried to get him to stop and he will wake up and not know what I am talking about.  
When he was about 1 yrs old, I remember mentioning it to his Pedicatrician and then every other year after that.  I have always been told he will outgrow it.
Not to sure he will....
I know he doesn't want to outgrow it yet he doesn't want to do it either.  He wishes he didn't but he likes to do it.  He has a few close friends and at sleepovers he will rock and has told them he does.  But people he doesn't know well, he can stop himself from rocking (he says).  I am not sure if he actually does all night though.  Nobody has ever said anythign to me but family.  They were concerned about it.  

I am wondering, how to get him to stop safely.  Without having him feel like he is being rejected or made to feel like he is bad for doing this.  Right now I just tell him that it would be a good idea if I could somehow help him stop because he might hurt himself.  Seriously, he does it hard and fast!!!  Just whips from side to side.  Head and body.  10-20 minutes at a time and he will do it some nights every 10- 20 minutes.  Its like once the dizziness feeling goes away he does it again.  It has to be shaking his brain and can't be good for him.  Really.  

He has always had a speech delay and has a hard time reading and remembering words and spelling.  But he is a math whiz!!!  So he can remember things, he is a great kid!  No problems with him.  He is smart and responsible, loving, caring and all his friends think he is "cool".  His friends all look up to him.  He is friendly, outgoing, yet sometimes shy depending on the circumstances.  As most kids and adults are.  

I am writing too much I know, I just am concerned on how to get him to stop without it effecting his self esteem or making him just feel bad.  

I have heard in the past it is an autistic behavior and can be related to mental retardation.  Please tell me if I should get him tested for an autistic behavior?  I know there are many many forms of autism.  

Anyone's help, advice, experience would be GREATLY appreciated :-)  

Thank you in advance!!!


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