Pressure on chin

My son is four years old and he is autistic. Lately, he is been having this issue where he has to roll his chin against my elbow bone or any bones in my hand, my wrist . It hurts but apparently it makes him feel good. nothing i can do to make him stop. He attends a special school and they are not able to figure it out either. Has anyone has any experience with similar issue.


Thank you.

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Aug 24, 2016
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I'm not the only one!!!!
by: Vanessa

I have heard it called sensory seeking, proporoceptive seeking, self injuries behavior.... My one friend who has a child with autism says that her son did it when he had c difficil which is a gi disorder which most kid with autism have some sort of underlying gut issue usually caused by lack of the necessary bacteria in the digestive system.

That being said, I've tried everything to get my son to stop the pressure, he likes to put my bones ( elbow, knuckles, hip bones) and press them into the spot inbetween his eyes. It hurts so bad, and it bruises his face badly too. He also picks his face like a meth addict. His poor face is so tore up. I pray to God to help home very day. I have tried giving him cbd oil because I am completely against pharmaceutical meds

Apr 22, 2016
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Yes!
by: Melinda

I have a middle school classroom for kids with autism, as well as a kiddo of my own. I have noticed this behavior for years with my students, but got no answers from various OT's and nurses. I finally posted this question to my moms support group,and a fabulous mom found this. I am so glad! Thank you!

Jun 17, 2012
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Elbow Biter!
by: Anonymous

My 4 year old Thomas has been shoving my elbow in the side of his cheek/chin/mouth for a long time now (6 months +) and for the last 3 months he tries biting as hard as he can when he can't shove the elbow anymore. How do I make him stop? I try hiding my elbows because when he sees it he has to feel it. He does this to his dad and is starting to do it to his 6 year old sister.

Jan 28, 2012
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Same!
by: Lucie

My 4 yr old has been doing this for about 6 months now.. He will press his chin down on any bony part of me and grits his teeth as he does so.. He is un diagnosed but has several tendencies that align with Aspergers and SPD.

Dec 19, 2011
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I hear you
by: Nat

My son did the same thing, where he would put pressure on his chin, until he got the input. He would use me or my husbands head, or anything else he could use. It definitely is sensory seeking, where he is craving the input. He doesn't do it anymore. It lasted several months. I imagine it will fade with your son as well. One thing I have noticed with these sensory seeking behaviors, is that eventually they stop doing them, but only to replace with another behavior.

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