Today as an autism mom, I'm grateful for any autism parent who can leave me a comment with some advice. I was wondering if I could get any suggestions as to handling a daughter who is self injurious. My daughter hits her face and head a lot. She has always slapped herself in the face when she was frustrated, but it was more of a one-time thing and then she would move on. Now, it is very hard to redirect her. She is basically beating herself up. I'm sure a lot of this is due to her communication defects and frustrations. She will punch herself too. As a result, right now she has a split lip and bruises all over her face. It is very distressing for me. Redirecting her and making her give us high-fives instead works sometimes, but I'm at a loss. She has a psych appointment next week to explore medication intervention, and a regular doctor's office this week to see if there are any physical reasons for her distress. I would appreciate any feedback I can get. Thank you!