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Why does my 9y/o girl w/severe autism eat her feces? Aggressive, non-verbal but sweet/affectionate. She digs in pants. SIB/tantrums/sensory/no MR/meds

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics
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In brief: Bizzarre behavior

This may be a self soothing mechanism like rocking, other consoling mechanisms.
Her severe autism leaves her without the normal social negative reinforcement of neurotypcal kids, meaning, she doesn't have the social awareness to remind her to stop the behavior. You may have some degree of success with social skills training with a therapist. Never spank her. Positive reinforcement works best!

In brief: Bizzarre behavior

This may be a self soothing mechanism like rocking, other consoling mechanisms.
Her severe autism leaves her without the normal social negative reinforcement of neurotypcal kids, meaning, she doesn't have the social awareness to remind her to stop the behavior. You may have some degree of success with social skills training with a therapist. Never spank her. Positive reinforcement works best!
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