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Old 09-19-2006, 10:00 AM   #8
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Re: DS is chewing his shirts to shreds

My son has autism (nor saying that yours does) and when he was little, he used to do this. It drove me crazy. If it has increased since your son started school, that tells me that he is under increased stress. It might help to give him something more appropriate to chew on (you can check w/ an occupational therapist to find lots of alternatives or check with a supply company like this one Therapy Shoppe). He might be seeking sensory input and would maybe benefit from some sensory processing therapy (like brushing or joint compression). But it sounds like he also would benefit from finding ways to reduce his stress at school. If you can pin point the stressors in his day, and minimize them, that might help with the shirt chewing as well. My son did eventually stop chewing his shirt. Good luck!
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