This is one of the best articles we’ve seen on the subject. The sequence of a child experiencing some kind of trauma in infancy, and having poor attachment to a parent or caregiver can result in self mutilatory behavior. If you have a child whom you think may fit this situation, take some time to read this article from The Child Trauma Academy. It’s fascinating.
Our specialty in providing Parent Child Interaction therapy has been especially helpful in treating children 2-8 years old who have difficulty with attachment to their parent or caregiver.