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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Feb 26, 2019
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Haha, yes
by: Kelsey

My son is 3 with SPD and also does chin pressure. I much prefer that input to biting, but if I provide jaw/cheek pressure or give him a vibrating toy to use on himself, he will usually stop chinning me. We've had no luck with chewies as he refuses to use them.

Feb 22, 2019
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Aspie OT
by: Anonymous

Hello everyone...

I'm curious of best practices anyone has found for this. I work with children who have SPD and ASD and am currently trying various chewelry to chew as an alternative form of proprioception to the muscles of the jaw (theory is that when they are tense and uncomfortable such as when stressed/anxious, this deep pressure activates the golgi-tendon bodies responsible for proprioceptive feedback). Children I work with have not been interested in direct external massage of the muscles.

Another idea I have and am interested in is use of a vibrating nuk or toothbrush to provide prop that way.... I also have a colleague who filled a small balloon with flour for his student to use and press against his chin instead of against another person. My concern is the stress/pressure on the teeth.

If safe chew options like chewlery don't work, perhaps a mouthguard inserted and then pressing on bottom of own chin to a squish ball (or sensory squish filled balloon) might be an option to try....

I personally need the whole body input- hugs. Big, tight hugs, and many of them throughout the day. I've never firsthand experienced the desire or need for extra oral pressure.

As a school based Occupational Therapist I don't have my own child or the monetary means to try everything I think of but am curious if any of you try these things and could leave feedback I would love to hear about it!

Oct 21, 2018
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To parents
by: Anonymous

My child is going through everything in all of the posts I see on this forum, and what I did for my child Is take sugar out of her diet and buy the good probiotics to break down the food intake.

I suggest go to your local herb store. I am all natural for my children but remember all children have different stomach conditions. I suggest you see a doctor first then if nothing works try healthy planet.

My child never slept until now she does have constipation from time to time, but after giving her probiotics for children it was a big relief.

good luck everybody.

Jul 26, 2018
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by: Anonymous

My 6 year old with autism has been doing this for years. He will jump on me an shove his chin into my leg, stomach, arm, or wherever and sometimes says wiggle wiggle wiggle while he’s doing it. Lol..

I don’t have any answers why. Sometimes he does it when he’s upset, but other times he’s perfectly happy when he does it.

Jul 16, 2018
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My daughter does this too.
by: Shannon

My daughter, who does not have autism, but does have sensory processing disorder and anxiety puts pressure on her chin. She has explained that she does this because she says her chin hurts and/or feels weird.

For a long time she believed that it would prevent her from throwing up. (She developed a phobia to throwing up to the point that she stopped eating for an extended period of time.) She takes the butt of her palm and pushes it as hard as she can into her chin and holds it there. It usually happens just before a panic attack, and has become a signal for her adults that she needs some support.

As she has gotten older (almost 10), we've seen it less and less, but it will come back occasionally during big transition times (like when the school year is ending, right before she had her tonsils out, or we are going to take a trip.)

Jul 14, 2018
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"Chinning"
by: Jweb

My son is 4 years old and he has autism. He likes to push his chin into my knees and into peoples hands, his sisters back.. I know it's a sensory thing but I wonder if theres some kind of way we can get him the sensory input hes looking for so he could potentially find some comfort.. he seems to get very upset if I dont let him..

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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