Dealing with damaging stim behaviors
Our 11 year old (DS of autism( is nonverbal and his newest stim is lights and plugs. We have been trying redirection, distracting him, negative consequences for touching them, rewarding not touching them, etc. but every chance he gets he is at it. The switches and pull chains were annoying but we just let it go, but then he escalated to unscrewing and screwing in light bulbs (broke quite a few in the process too) and paying with plugs and outlets and that's not ok. So we are getting a bit frazzled with this behavior, anyone know any good toys that would fill This stim for him? Or any devices to curb it, ie. indestructible light switch covers/lock boxes?
Thanks in advance!
Joyfully serving Yeshua, Happy helpmeet to my dear husband J, Blessed momma to: J - 14
, M - 12
, D - 9
, R - 33mo
, M - 7/31/12
and praying for more!