Shelly - posted on 02/09/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )
Has anyone been able to curb or eliminate verbal stimming in their child with autism? This is new. He is 3 and has just started this in the last few months. I seriously want to cut my ears off. He never shuts up - but it is all jibberish and noises. He even does it very loudly while falling asleep. It is definately worse when he is tired or stressed. It is really interfering with him being engaged with people and activities. It is making him appear much more affected than he is. We tried gum to keep his mouth busy and that only lasts about 1 minute. I have taken to flicking him in the mouth when he does it. (not hard - it does not hurt him - he just doesn't like the sensation) to try to have him associate it with negative reinforcement.