Wendy | 2010/07/27
5 year old biting himself
My son is 5 year old , will be 6 in September and sometimes when he gets angry he bites himself on his hands or arms. How can I get him to stop doing this ?
Please help , as his creche teacher seems to think he needs professional help
I think it will be advisable to try helping your son to express his feelings in more acceptable ways. At 5 years old, he no doubt has strong feelings - but does not yet have the verbal skills to express them. When you see him beginning to bite himself - try verbalising the feelings for him "I can see that you are very angry" then find another outlet for these feelings - give him a bean bag to throw, or a bop bag (one of those boxing practice bags) or peg toy to hammer. Even directing him to draw a very angry picture or to jump up and down saying loudly "I am very cross" - will help him to direct and channel these strong feelings.
I would try this for a while before taking him for therapy. You need to make it safe for him to show his feelings in a way that is not destructive. I think the biting has become a habit - and needs to be firmly and patiently re-directed.
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