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Licking Habit and Autism
By Pam Marshalla
Q: I am looking for something to assist us with a student who stimulates by licking everything in sight. Are there any strategies for decreasing this behavior? It interferes with his attending during class.
I have worked so little with kids on the autism spectrum that I do not know how to answer this. I have never had to extinguish a behavior like this. I can say this however: I would not consider this an oral-motor problem. This is a habitual means of self-regulation. You need to speak with someone with expertise in autism about this.
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My grandson licks his fingers and touches his toys. He has just started this and it drives his mother crazy. He is artistic and has been in therapy for years. Recently they cut back because of covid.