I am not sure what the need is but he wants to pull my hair. Sometimes it is easy and is just a comforting thing for him, like when he is drinking his almond milk and I'm holding him. Other times he will give me a hug and then pull my hair with such force I don't know where it even came from. Then there are other times when he just walks up to me and because he is upset for one reason or another will pull my hair. There really is no rhyme or reason it just happens.
I have been told varying numbers for Owen's delay but the general number is about 40%. It is so weird to me that I can tell he knows his numbers, letters, colors, animals, fruits, vegetables and the list goes on but yet he can hardly say any of them. He can pick some things out like when you say "Owen where's the ball?" he will show it to you or get the ball. I wonder though if the hair pulling comes from a frustration from lack of communication.
I have read a lot about hair pulling or other acts such as this and from what I've read kids that are old enough to communicate answer with I don't know why I do it. I keep wondering if someone has the answer as to why they need to pull hair or eat hair. I keep hoping that he will grow out of it.
There are many other actions that Owen does as a result of needing to show who he is. I keep trying to figure out the toddler side of Owen, the sensory side and the autism side or is it just one big ball of Owen. I know everything is interrelated but I wonder what actions are things he just can't control and the toddler side of life.
All I can say is on this journey Owen and I are a team. My precious little dude may be a hair puller but the bigger thing he has pulled is my heartstrings. I will read, write and talk about everything I can until I figure out how to help my baby and others like him.