I don’t know if this is an Asperger’s thing or just a boy thing, but recently, TJ has been slapping himself in the face when he thinks he’s done or said something stupid. I’ve asked him not to do it. I’ve told him not to do it. He still does it. He says he knows he shouldn’t do it, since I don’t want him to hurt himself, but he “just gets tempted.” It’s not just a gentle facepalm – there’s an audible slapping sound that sounds pretty solid.
Is there anything I can do to help him stop it, other than reminding him when I see him do it? He says he does it in school, too, and that bothers me. I’m trying to think of something I could suggest for him to do with his hands when he feels like slapping himself, but I can’t come up with anything that would stop the behavior while also satisfying his need to react.
Any advice is welcome.
Tags: kids, special needs