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how do i get my 4 year old with autism to stop touching his private parts!!??sometimes is embarresing when we are in a public place.does anyone is in the same situation?

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Asked by marielena18 at 11:37 AM on Apr. 13, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • You don't really. It's a normal thing even in a child without autism. Calmly remove his hands and tell him no if he's doing it in an inappropriate place. Not sure on your thoughts about the behavior in general. i taught mine to only do this when he's in the bathtub. Sometimes it's not a behavior they can control so find a place and time where it's ok for them to do it. Otherwise just keep removing the hands and re-direct him to another activitiy. It's going to depend on whether or not it's something you will allow him to do (set up an area where he can and teach him only when he's in this place) or whether you want to try to eliminate the behavior completely.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 11:43 AM on Apr. 13, 2010

  • yes that's what i always try to do (remove his hands sometimes i say "no" or sonetimes i 'll just remove his hands.but when i do that he scream or sometimes even hit me!i know some others kids do it too,and my sons therapist said its a way to stimulate him self and i know that s something he cant control but is getting real dificult to teach him where are the places he can do it ,or the places he cant!

    Answer by marielena18 at 11:52 AM on Apr. 13, 2010

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