Smooth Hands, Gentle Hands

Yasin is rather prone to scratching and biting himself violently. We all try to prevent him doing it, but to no avail. His arms used to be covered in scabs and raw, pink skin. But the frequency with which he does it has decreased significantly. Three cheers for Yasin! His arms are now as smooth as the calm, clear sea, and it is fortunate that it is so, because his milk teeth are getting very sharp nowadays. Whenever he makes a sign that he is going to bite his hands, I immediately snatch his arms and swing them around gently, saying, ‘Smooth hands, gentle hands.’ The neurologist said that it is normal for special needs children to harm themselves this way. Perhaps it is that way. Do you know of any special needs children who do this to themselves?

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