QUESTION: Weighted Baseball Caps and Head Banging?

QUESTION:

I am working with a preschool-aged child with autism who bangs his head frequently at home (only happened once at school). The parents are asking for strategies to help with this behavior at home. What do you think about a weighted baseball cap? Any other suggestions would also be helpful. This mom has another child with intense needs as well and she is very stressed.

GWEN’S ANSWER:

I have used weighted baseball caps successfully for a couple of kids, but these kids were not head bangers. They liked deep pressure to the head and would seek it by placing adults’ hands on their heads or pushing into a wall. It’s worth a try for kids who bang their heads, but I suspect the intensity won’t be enough to satisfy them. I suspect he is reacting to the stress in the home. If this is the case, your best bet is probably to try to help the mom get some structure in place through visual schedules and a predictable routine.

Also, take a look at these suggestions for head hitting that are posted on this page on my website:

https://www.sensationalbrain.com/pdf/TB_Head_Hitting.pdf

Please let me know if I can be of further help. Sounds like a tough situation!

Best Wishes,
Gwen