Self stimulating behaviors.
Doesn’t sound so great does it?
I’ve been researching this lately because of our sweet Benja.
It’s something we’ll be talking to his early intervention team about at our next meeting.
Benja’s behaviors are head banging and rocking. When he’s tired he shakes his head, sometimes very hard. He will often (thought not as often as he used to) bang (sometimes quite hard) his head on things. He also often rocks rhythmically in place while staring off into space. These “sessions” of rocking/head-banging seem to have decreased over the past two months but regardless, its something I worry about.
I know that this is often seen in severely neglected/institutionalized children but Benja was in a “good” orphanage where he got a lot of stimulation and attention. So I’m not convinced it is just post-institutionalization behaviors.
Anyone have experience in this with their adopted child?
Here is a video where you can see Benja rocking slowly in the background. This is a mild example but you can see what I mean.