My son bangs on his head and barley talks is that a sign of autism

Autum - posted on 08/11/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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he bangs on his head if he can't ask for some thing he wants he is 3yrs and 4 months today just started making 3 to 4 word sentences

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Jennifer - posted on 08/14/2009

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how old is your son because my son had the same thing and maybe i can help

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Michelle - posted on 07/23/2011

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my son is now 4 and he used to bang his head constantly as a baby up until he was 3 1/2 he had really bad speech problems. we have been taking him to a speech pathologyst for about a year. my son has stopped banging his head now because he is able to now communicate enough to be understood so i put his problems down to frustration. I also agree about getting him checked or there are also online Autism spectrum tests/checklists that you can do and it can give you an estimate. i did one just to see, my son scored moderate to high and i am currently getting him diagnosed but there are a lot more sighns for autism then just arm flapping and head banging.

Cheryl - posted on 08/16/2009

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i also went through this with my little boy, who also wasnt talking at the time, he would scream and bang his head on things and i was scared that he would hurt himself, he had been in speech for a while and was still doing this he grew out of that around age 3, which was when his doctor wanted to have him tested for pdd which is a form of autism. good luck to you

Sarah - posted on 08/14/2009

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I would be more inclined to think it was frustration from his speech delay. My son was dx with severe verbal apraxia at 27 months old. From the time he was 18 months or so I would see him hit himself in the head, and hold his head in his hands and all kinds of other postures that would just break my heart. When he learned to sign, all those behaviors went away. Check your local library and see if they have any DVDs from the "signing time" series ( or if they will order them for you). It is an awesome tool for learning to sign. My son loved using his signs for the months it took him to aquire speech. I have to laugh every time I see him sign along with what he is saying--I don't think he even knows he does it anymore. You might also want to look into Picture Exchange Card System ( PECS) for things he frequently has trouble asking for. This would alleviate a lot of frustration for him.

Marne - posted on 08/13/2009

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Does he have an actual diagnosis? My Will has severe apraxia of speech. He progressed from 3-5 words last year at this time to @48 now. This was with speech therapy 5 days a week. Apraxia is very slow to resolve but also needs a specific kind of therapy to progress well. If you are not sure what precisely constitutes the delay you can get really good info on the Apraxia-kids.org website or the ASHA.org website. The apraxia-kids website gives really good advice on what appropriate therapy looks like and on how to advocate for more services. The other suggestion would be have you tried AAC. If you use picture boards for the things he can't say yet or do sign for the things he can't say it relieves the frustration and there is a lot of studies that show it actually helps them acquire more words by giving them an external 'cue' for what the word they want is. There is also a good AAC program for the I-POD touch. Sorry for blathering but I know how overwhelming it can be to see such bright kids so completely lost when it comes to expressing whats inside. Good luck!

Autum - posted on 08/13/2009

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my son has been in speech since he was 1 he is almost 4 and only make 2 to 3 word sentences thanks for all the help it just breaks my heart to see him bang his head he knows only about 75 to 100 words and they say he should have at least 200 by now

Lisa - posted on 08/13/2009

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Hi Autum. It sounds like he knows what to say in his head, but has trouble saying - or thinking of the words to say. My son went through that as well. He had a speech delay, along with several other issues, and ended up going to speech therapy for 5 years (Age 4 through 9). I would not jump to the conclusion of Autism. It could be anything, even just a simple speech delay. I would recommend talking to your pediatrician or getting a recommendation for a speech evaluation by a speech pathologist. Good luck to you!

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Autum, It has been my experience that language delays and behaviors are very common in boys, and that as his speech progresses his behaviors will be less drastic. I would strongly suggest speaking to your Pediatrician first. Then go see a Speech and Language Pathologist and an Occupational therapist. He may have something such as Sensory Integration disorder not as intimidating as Autism. (I am familiar with this due to the fact that one of my own sons has had speech delays and behaviors.)It won't matter what he "has", only that he gets the early intervention he'll need to overcome whatever challenges/changes you two will face.And you may need more support too. Turn to family if you can. Just keep your head up and you'll both make out just fine. All the best.

Marne - posted on 08/12/2009

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Well, there are a lot of other signs for autism. Is he social and affectionate? Does he have 'typical' emotional responses to different situations? When he bangs his head is it over and over again with no apparent reason for it? If he is having trouble speaking, banging his head could be simple ( and understandable) frustration at not being able to talk the way he wants. My son is four and we aren't up to 4 word sentances yet. He has a speech disorder called apraxia which makes it hard for him to plan the movements to form speech. When he can't say a word he waves his hands around in the air. But he definitely does not have autism. You should probably ask for an eval from your pediatrician just to rule out the possibility of autism then get him to a speech -language pathologist for a speech eval. You're local early educational intervention department can do an evaluation for you.The experts are now saying that most reading problems in school are directly related to a language problem and that early speech problems are the best indicator for later reading problems. If you get them the help they need early for the speech it helps prevent the reading problems later. Good luck.

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