If she is almost 2-1/2 & biting herself, that can be a tantrum & could be normal, however, it could also be severe stress and she really needs to find less harmful ways to cope. Self-hurting can mean that their inside stress is enough that hurting herself is actually soothing. We do foster care & have had a 34 m/o placement see a child therapist. They use "play therapy" to help them express themselves & learn coping skills. (Of course children in foster care have issues due to removal, strangers, new environments, etc.) The youngest that he worked with was 18 months. If I remember right, he was hurting himself. The therapist didn't know if he could help him or not since he was pre-verbal. Turns out that they don't need to be verbal, only have an ability to understand. The issues were resolved quickly, in a matter of weeks. I would do it if I were concerned. It can only help.
at 10:08 AM on Sep. 5, 2009