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    10/14/2010 - Survey for a Graduate Study on Self-Injury

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    • Dear Self-Injury.net member,

      Hi, my name is Jenny Nerbonne and I am a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI working on my master’s thesis. I am studying why people engage in self-injurious behavior, including information on emotional reactions to events, avoidance of emotions, type and frequency of self-injurious behavior, emotional regulation skills, and the ability to identify and describe one’s emotional state. I am asking for your help in my research. I asked the administrator of this list serve to forward the following survey link to you. At no time did I ask for your identity, nor was any identifying information about you, including your email address, given to me. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential. No names or identifying information will be linked to your survey. You can participate in this study regardless of whether or not you self injure. You MUST be at least 18 years old to participate. If you are eligible to participate in the survey, at the end of the survey you may enter yourself in a raffle to win a $25 gift certificate to Targetâ Stores!!! Chances of winning are approximately ¼. The research survey can be completed in 20-30 minutes. If you wish to participate in this survey, please click on the link below. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at jnerbonnatemich.edu.

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    The main difference of autism and self injury is that you are dealing with a behaviorally fragile population. In short, the low functioning autistic population that self abuses is fragile. They aren’t able to understand cogitive therapies or other therapies that non autistic higher functioning persons will resond to. Hence, you are left with constantly having to do DAILY, even hourly assessments, based on multiple antecedents, which can fluctuate daily. For example, let’s say you just gave the non verbal autistic person a meal that causes gastrointenstinal disturbance. Well, the tricky part is the autistic person may have been punching themselves to get this meal, and wanted the meal, but then, for complicated reason, the meal itself brings some type of discomfort, so now you have to mitigate this “discomfort” with things like massage with peppermint oils, or ant-acids PRN like fomotaidne, which will bring comfort and reduce further SIB. Or, let’s say the autistic person just presented with a 99.7 temperature, which everyone dealing with him KNOWS lowers the SIB threshold, so everyone is running around now trying to reduce the temp, so the person won’t feel discomfort and HARM self. This takes  a lot of daily analysis, a lot of people who are astute in OBSERVING the patient who can’t TELL you what is wrong. THAT is the primary difference between a person who can tell you and a person who can NOT tell you what is wrong. It’s like dealing with a grown toddler who is non verbal and even if you implement things like the typical behavioral modifications that a cognitively functioning person would respond to, you have to factor in you are dealing with a non verbal LOW functioning person who can NOT only tell you what is wrong, but doesn’t understand what he/she is doing. Many times the one , two three blows to the head or face the autistic person takes, sets off a domino effect of SIB, where the one or two punches out of frustration, now caused pain which leads to MORE sib and turns into a self abusive meltdown beyond your wildest dreams, and how you’re looking at 2:1 3:1 STAFFING SUPPORTS  or emergency behavioral interventions like temporary restraint or pharmaceutical itnerventions…oh it’s so complicated, but it’s not without hope, given the right supports.

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