He is oral seeking, so usually a little run around the mouth with his battery powered toothbrush will help give him the input he needs. Not so today.
We started out the day well enough, but as the day wore on we saw more and more "fish hooking." It's just what it sounds like, Daniel hooks either his thumb or any finger into the corner of his mouth, and pulls. He has stretched his mouth wide in both directions, at times nearly splitting his lips. It's scary to watch, no mother wants to see their child hurting. It's especially painful when your child deals with stress by hurting himself.
(Picture: Daniel "fish hooking")
(Picture: This Daniel's meltdown. He covered his face with his hands, bent over and started crying and screaming. Poor kid. Our usual deep squeezes and chewy snacks just weren't working for him today. Finally I resorted to another staple, a thick smoothie in a straw cup. What a life saver ... the nap he had later helped as well).