Self-injury is a maladaptive behavior that is defined as self-aggression and other acts of harm against the self. Examples include biting one’s own hand, hitting self in the head, self-cutting, and crashing one’s body into furniture or other objects. Self-injurious behavior often has a sensory component and many children engage in it when they feel overwhelmed and cannot communicate those feelings or sensory needs appropriately.
In this video, Amalie D. Holley, MS Board Certified Behavior Analyst and FirstPath Autism Program Manager, discusses Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB) and best practices for redirecting.
The downloadable data sheet below helps you to track the frequency of a specific behavior: