SENSORY ISSUES (ASPERGERS)

User - posted on 06/22/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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HI I HAVE AN AUTISTIC SON WHO IS 7. ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO HE STARTED LICKING HIS FINGERS AND HE DOES CONSTANTLY;WHEN I ASKED HIM WHY HE DOES IT HE TOLD ME HE COULDN'T STOP. HAS ANYONE EXPERIENCED THIS.....

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Kristen - posted on 07/04/2009

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My son is five and if he is near a tap or sink he needs to wash his hands. He will cover his ears if he hears a high pitched noise, used to crawl on his fingers and toes as he didnt like things touching his kness and so on there are many.

Eva - posted on 07/02/2009

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It is really common for Aspies to pick up OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) in an effort to find comfort and stability. One of the things that helped me and my mother when I was small and confronted with OCD habits was for my mom and I to brain-storm on other things I could do to help myself calm which were not considered odd or attention-getting.

Zandi - posted on 07/01/2009

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Hi there i have a 6 and a half yr old boy diagnosed ASD (higher functioning) and anxiety disorder. i am wanting to make connections with other parents in a similar situation to me. are you in the Auckland area?

Kristy - posted on 06/23/2009

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Your Welcome! My son right now has 2 obsessions. He has to clean everything with Q-tips! Which can be very annoying but he doesn't stop until he thinks the object is clean enough. The other is - he repeatedly picks his ears until they bleed. He says their dirty, even though they are not! These are only 2 of his many obsessions over the years. Some you have to stop them from doing and others you can take with a grain of salt!

User - posted on 06/23/2009

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THANK YOU KRISTY.......EVERYONE IS BEING VERY HELPFUL.I APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT!

Kristy - posted on 06/23/2009

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I have a 9 year old with Asperger's. Unfortunately there is not much you can do about obsessions. Try to get him involved in another activity. I know that is hard to do but it's the best way. Eventually he will probably stop on his own but then they usually trade 1 obsession for another. If you need help with anything - let me know.

User - posted on 06/22/2009

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Thank you.i feel so much better knowing someone understands what were going through......

Rachael - posted on 06/22/2009

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Hi again!! My son constantly sniffs his fingers, if he touches something he has to sniff them even when he doesn't touch something he has to sniff them! The best thing to do is to ignore it, if you can't stand it leave the room. If you tell him off about it he will do it more and become really self conscious about it and get really anxious and it will get worse and more than likely develop another thing like clearing his throat or sniffing his nose instead of blowing it etc. These things are pretty common. If you are worried about germs just make sure he washed his hands before eating but don't be over the top about it or he will become like OCD! Or get some antibacterial hand gel and pretend it is a hand massage for him while you apply it and just keep his nails short so the germs don't breed under them. Hope that helps. xx

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