Aspergers and paper mache-HELP!

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    I'm doing a paper mache project with my 2nd graders.
    A student of mine refuses to touch the paste because he is sensitive to the texture of the paste.

    What do you guys do with students who have keen sense of touch?
    He says he's fine with using clay?
    Do I have him make the project with clay instead of paper mache?
    Or do I allow him to do little at a time?? And have him paint an already made paper mache animal?
     
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    Can he wear rubber gloves? Is there anything in his IEP that would allow you to justify giving him clay instead? What about when the other students want to use clay too?
     
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    Can he wear gloves while he does it? Also let him take breaks even if he is wearing gloves.
     
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    Does he have a para professional?
     
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    I was going to suggest gloves. You could get him to do the same project with clay and if he is fine with sitting and watching his peers, then that would be enough for me. I had a student who couldn't stand the smell of it. I just worked on his being able to sit in the same room beside someone working on their project while drawing and coloring. I also had him help tear up the newspaper and mix the solution with a spoon. My student would also smooth down a couple pieces of the newspaper on his structure with one finger if I put it on the structure for him.
     
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    Wow, thank you so much for your helpful suggestions!
    My students got a nickel-sized dropping of paste on his arm and was dying to get it off today. He had this sad face and was desparate to go and wash it off. :(
    He is very respectful though, just gets frustrated and sad.
     
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    Wouldn't it be better to approach this with the idea that there's no need to justify him using clay? I can't really see any compelling reason that all students do an ART project exactly the same way.
     
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    leave a towl by him to let him wipe it off and let him use gloves. and maybe help him do it so he only has to touch a little bit at a time.
     
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    How is he with elmer's glue?

    Instead of paste, which I find stinks and molds after a time, I use elmer's glue and water. I'm assuming you are using strips of paper. I also blend the paper in a blender with water until it's pulp. I drain well and add back the elmer's. Paper-pulp + Elmer's = clay consistency. It can be modeled and if applied in reasonably thin layers it will dry overnight.
     

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