Puberty and Special Education

Discussion in 'Special Education Archives' started by Guest, Dec 3, 2002.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Dec 3, 2002

    I have a 14 year old, high functioning autistic boy in my class. This particular boy has "discovered" his "private parts" and touches them/it constantly. Our staff tells him to put his hands on the table, however that lasts about 1 minute. He is doing it in places other than school - his mom told me that he does it in stores and resteraunts. What should I do?
    Any ideas, I mean any - would help :)

    Thanks!
     
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  3. suriley

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    Dec 5, 2002

    Can you give him a "fidget"? We keep a baskets of fidgets that we give our students with autism when we are in a large group activity or a small group activity - inclusion classroom. A "fidget" is a sensory item (a special small ball of a different texture or a small, non-musical item they like). Find out what item would motivate him and you could also use the item as a reward. Some teachers suggest that wearing overalls really helps - it's harder to get their hands into. Parents have stated that overalls really help. You could also ask an occupational specialist for sensory items the student could keep his hands busy - they have great sensory items. Hope this helps!
     
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Dec 6, 2002

    Thank you so much for your idea! A basket of fidgets are a great idea.

    Thank you!
     

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