I am the step-mom of a 9-yr-old autistic boy, Javan. He is highly functional yet still displays a lot of autistic challenges. Recently, he called my husband and me hysterically upset. His mom decided to use "hot-saucing" as a punishment for not listening! For those of you unaware, this is a techinique that is illegal in some states in which hot sauce is placed in a child's mouth to teach a lesson. It is a much crueler version of washing out the mouth with soap. My husband and I are very concerned about this and, though we have informed his special-needs teacher about this, we need some facts and data to present to Javan's mom to convince her to stop doing this. I can't even imagine what this poor angel went thru with hot sauce burning his mouth and throat.
Suggestions and advice please!