My son has been increasingly violent towards himself, mostly in the form of biting his hands and arms. He has bit others as well, but he seems to have figured out that it isn't acceptable, has turned to himself.
He seems to hit a switch at times, his face scrunches and his eyes turn from passive to danger/ranger in like three seconds. We have chewelry, squeeze toys, those help to a degree, but it hurts to watch your kid attack themselves. He hasn't quite broken his own skin yet, but he has on others, and it seems like only a matter of time.
SE is fairly non communicative, very IPAD/DS oriented, but is a hugger and a lover when he is not going Walking Dead on himself. He can tolerate transitions with some cueing thanks to years of work by committed parents and family, but is challenged to accept new situations or changes without clear planning.
Anyone have some success using either CBT approach or something even commonsense to reduce the ferocity of these kids with biting themselves? I've thought about racing gloves, but SE will barely tolerate his open air crocs, can't stand bandages, etc. He's only nine now, barely 70 pounds, I worry about this continuing unchecked.