aspergers and chewing

Karen - posted on 11/26/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my daughter who is 5 has aspergers we found out 4 weeks ago but since she was a baby she chews everything from jumpers socks blankets towels toys whatever she has hold off it seems 2b a comfort 4 her when worried and anxious should we try 2 stop this or leave alone is this part of her aspergers or just a habbit she has got in 2

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Jennifer - posted on 11/28/2009

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My 10 year old has a possible case of Aspergers and she does the same thing always chewing or touching something but mostly chewing on her clothing or hair we actually had to cut her hair shorter because she always chewed on it as well as refused to take care of it.

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My son did the same. He was always chewing, especially his shirt, & for awhile he was quite the biter because of it. What I did was find something that he liked to chew & was better/safer for him to chew & encouraged him to go for that rather than the shirt or other random things.

Tracey - posted on 11/27/2009

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My son (9) has aspergers and also chews. He chewed on his clothing for years. His long sleeved school unform became munted three quarter sleeved. His summer short sleeved collars are all deformed. T shirt necks have chew holes in them. He has a 'blanket' that does not resemble anything...hard to explain. The teddy has one leg! Now in the past year his uniforms are staying intact and his finger nails are getting a hammering. It is normal trait for an Aspergers child something we have to try and ignore. Adam chewing has become less distructive over the past two years so there is hope. My advice would be to monitor it but dont stress over it. There is a fine line between habit and part of her aspergers as she does it because of the aspergers but it will form a habit. Leave it until she is older to process the 'yukkyness' of it if you get my drift!

Julie - posted on 11/26/2009

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I can't speak to chewing, but my son has always played with his ear, folding it over and over against his head. He did this so consistently to self-soothe that his ears never fully hardened. I talked with his doctor about it. We agreed that it is good that he found a fairly socially acceptable way to soothe and his ears could always be "fixed" later if needed. So far they seem fine and he has a successful way to get through stressful situations. I say find something better for her to chew on. I have had older kids at my summer camp who chew gum for instance. Good luck.

Ljubica - posted on 11/26/2009

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Quoting Donna:

Her chewing on everything is just a part of her Aspergers. The only thing you will probably want to change is finding something better for her to chew on. As she gets older you can work with her to help her find a different way to deal with her anxiety so she's not always finding something to chew on. She's young enough that the chewing will not seem as "abnormal", but as she gets older it will make her stand out more and make her feel out of place with her peers.



I totally agree with Donna.

Donna - posted on 11/26/2009

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Her chewing on everything is just a part of her Aspergers. The only thing you will probably want to change is finding something better for her to chew on. As she gets older you can work with her to help her find a different way to deal with her anxiety so she's not always finding something to chew on. She's young enough that the chewing will not seem as "abnormal", but as she gets older it will make her stand out more and make her feel out of place with her peers.

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