Prof. Chris Oliver, Dr Louise Davies and Dr Caroline Richards. Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Birmingham.
This factsheet has been written to help parents and carers of children with an intellectual disability to understand what self-injury is, what the causes are and which interventions are effective. It focuses on children with profound to moderate intellectual disability, who may also have autism spectrum disorder or a genetic syndrome.
Please note: For children with mild intellectual disability the causes of self-injury and the most effective interventions may be different and more information can be found at Young Minds for Parents.