Out of control stimming =/ What can we do?
Sam just turned 4 this month and his stimming is getting out of control. We had his IEP meeting this week and if i had a dollar for every time the word "stim/stims/stimming" was mentioned i'd be rich. It is really beginning to hinder his ability to learn. He just started walking a month or two ago and now he's managed to add 2 more stims into his regimen (pacing and walking in circles). He is very low functioning, nonverbal, non communicative (doesn't sign, understand pecs, and is just now learning to use a switch about 20% of the time). I know that he will never stop stimming completely, but what can we do to get him to reduce his stims even a little? We try constantly redirecting, but he's so relentless. He is always flapping, rocking, walking in circles, pacing, shaking anything he can (shoe strings, cat toys, ribbons, wires, his feeding tube). He holds his hand open in front of his face and waves something behind it or makes the "y" sign in front of his face and yells at it....ALL DAY LONG. He has verbal stims (gurgle urgle urgle urgle, gagagagaga, eeeeeeeeeee), and if he's not doing that he's got his fingers crammed in his mouth. He has therapists galore, PT, OT, Speech at school and then private PT and Speech an hour a week also. He has a one on one aide in the classroom and so many people trying to help him, but he just seems unreachable =/ Please Help!