In this article the NAS Autism Helpline team have kindly provided their top 5 tips on Biting. This article aims to provide an easy read overview of pratical behaviour strategies for professionals, covering the main considerations when tackling biting.
Top 5 Tips
- Rule out medical causes.
- Explore what function the biting might be serving e.g. to communicate something, a sign of distress or pain, or to meet a sensory need.
- Look at alternative ways to meet the identified function of biting e.g. if it is a sensory need, provide safe alternatives to biting oneself or others – a chew toy or edible option.
- Look to improve an individual’s communication in order to prevent biting being one of these communication methods.
- If the biting poses significant risk, seek extra support (training/expert advice such as those listed below).
These top 5 tips are meant only as a very general guide to what to think about. You can find further information about biting via the below links:
393 City Road
London EC1V 1NG
Tel: 0808 800 4104 (opening hours Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm)
You can also dowload a PDF copy of these top tips here
Author: Autism Helpline - The National Autistic Society
Date added: 6th June 2013