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Unregistered 08:50 PM 03-18-2021
We have a child in our one year old room who hits his head intentionally when angry. We have worked hard to give him words and other anger ideas. It wasnt that big of a issue till latley. He also slaps himself in the face. We now have most of the children in our class mimicking his behavior. We dont give them attention ( other than a "no that will give you owies") for the behavior. Ideas? He often hot his head so hard he leaves bruises ( like today dead center on his forehead). He also tends to hit others to get his way or if they get close.
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Michael 10:19 PM 03-18-2021
Welcome to the forum. We actually have a couple of threads tagged as head banger. https://www.daycare.com/forum/tags.php?tag=head+banger
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Jo123ABC 10:39 PM 03-18-2021
Honestly... I'd buckle him in his booster at the table for a time out. Make him lose his time out sticker which would set him back from getting treasure box, (if he's older than 2). While in time out I'd get all the other kids amped about going outside or something he wouldn't want to miss out on and remind him he can join them when he's done being "spicy".
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Cat Herder 05:43 AM 03-19-2021
It is illegal here to buckle a child into a seat as punishment or shame them in any way.

We have to use diversion or active ignore.

Has this child been evaluated for developmental disabilities? Head banging is often associated with children on the spectrum.

I would recommend an evaluation as soon as possible.
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Cat Herder 05:45 AM 03-19-2021
Headbanging at this age (12-24 months) can be a normal developmental stage, but it is always best to make sure. https://www.autismparentingmagazine....ism-self-harm/
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coloradoprovider 11:36 AM 03-19-2021
I remind children that we don't hit anyone including ourselves. We are kind to everyone, including ourselves. No hitting!
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284878 11:54 AM 03-19-2021
Originally Posted by Cat Herder:
It is illegal here to buckle a child into a seat as punishment or shame them in any way.

We have to use diversion or active ignore.

Has this child been evaluated for developmental disabilities? Head banging is often associated with children on the spectrum.

I would recommend an evaluation as soon as possible.
Lol my brother banged his head to get to sleep at night, he did this from a young child and into his teens. ( I would have to ask his wife to see if he ever stopped) He once as a grade school student, laid on the floor and banged his head because he didn't get his way. He did it until his forehead bled.
My brother may have adhd but not on the spectrum.
I have never heard of any child doing this other than my little, I mean younger, brother.
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