Contamination OCD in Child with ASD
HI! My son's new thing is having contamination problems.... Neko is a 4 year old little smarty pants with moderate HF ASD. For a few months now we've been progressively noticing him having problems with contamination. I myself am diagnosed with OCD, though my area is more in mental planning with SOME contamination, but I don't think it's noticable to him (I don't sit on lawn chairs, don't touch dirt, shower after visiting anywhere smokey, or where someone HAS smoked, etc)... so I don't think he's learning this from me since he is different with his "symptoms"... if he sees animal hair on the floor (which I sweep 1 to 2 times a day already!), he will not let his feet touch that area... in the bathroom he puts a towel down or puts one foot on the rug and puts one on our wall so he doesn't have touch touch anywhere he sees hair.. in the tub he wont sit down because it's dirty, because he played in the sand outside and sand got on the bottom of the tub BEFORE i rinsed the tub and filled it up... wont eat off a plate he ate off of earlier if there's a crumb left on it (i usually give him dry cereal a few times a day and if he sees cereal "dust" he wont go near the bowl after even though it's still "Clean")... Is this normal for our children to go through? I don't think I've ever met a 4 year old so concerned with germs... last week I had a sinus infection, and was coughing and he told me not to touch him because I would get him sick! Anyway! thank you for the input, it's very well appreciated!