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Posted by Dad on June 07, 2000 at 12:06:45:

In Reply to: Daugter pulls her skins off posted by Sharon on June 06, 2000 at 12:57:59:

sensory integration problems that are greater than normal for an autistic child? If so, therapy to help this should lessen the need to pick at her skin.

If this is not an manifestation of a known problem like SID it may be something that will just need to be redirected into something a little less bloody. Is she verbal so that you can explain to her not to do this? If she is non-verbal, you will probably need to wait until she has had enough therapy (like ABA) to break thru the communication barrier.

On a side note, I have known a number of people (myself included) who either pick or bite the skin around their nails to the point of bleeding. Can't explain why, the urge comes and goes with no direct stimulus I can tell. Many are the days that I need to put bandaids on two or three fingers to cover the "mess". I doubt this will go away for me anytime soon, and truthfully, I don't see it as a problem worthy of attention. It is certainly not dangerous (unless the bleeder has HIV or something equally as nasty) and the skin grows back well enough. I suspect the school is overreacting to this because they assume it is some kind of autistic meltdown thing, and they are afraid of a little blood. If it doesn't escalate into major self mutilation I don't think I would too very concered about this.

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