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Posted by Get consult with OT or PT who treats Autsitis-Grandma Peg on October 13, 2000 at 15:30:51:

In Reply to: Touchy subject posted by Mellisa on October 13, 2000 at 14:17:24:

: I am the caregiver to a 7-year-old Autistic boy. The boy, Tyler, has started to touch himself a lot lately and I am unable to get him to stop. I've tried distracting him with food or
: crayons, they seem to work for the second he sees them then he goes right back to what he was
: doing. Does anyone have any advice for me, it's a rather touchy subject and I don't wish to
: embarrass anyone.
: Thanks in advance, Melissa

REPLY:As yet, this problem of preoccupation with the sexual stimulatation hasn't presented but it looks as if it could one day. By the 'talk' from Temple Grandin, a well known professional woan and well educated yet is autistic, she 'tried' this behavior. She had a nursemaid nanny who wouldn't allow her tohide in the bathroom,or anywhere, her day was very structured. Anyway, her info and info about sex stimulation problems are on the Center for the Study of Autism site at IMO, this is a sensory problem and can become obsessive as many of our kids don't have a detecting signal to the brain to help them shut off many negative habits. I'd contact an OT or PT whotreats autistics and ask for info on body brushing tecniques to fill the brain's stimualtory sensory needs. It's aneasy therapy but you should get the info and correct brushes and learn the deep pressure techniques which must be done following the brushing. Dr. Mary Megson wrote a short piece on why sensory integration works which I got thru' FEATnews but might be on her website. Try to look there. We've just started this technique this week. Oddly, it helped the Mommie's carpel tunnel-LIKE hand-arm cramps immediately. Sometimes the kids take a little longer for us to be really sure of any reactions. Grandma Peg

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