It has been on and off for over a year, sometimes stress induced but is increasing so now it is every time he goes to the bathroom. Some children use stool as lubricant in masturbation, as stated in my article. We never went for regular Sunday dinner again because it took me years to get this problem in control. usually the carer has lost control of the boundaries too ie, someone can’t make something your shit (pardon the pun) unless you let it become your shit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Co-dependency. Tags: constipation, fecal smearing, toileting problems ASD. Read 3 Responses. Let’s Stop Calling it ‘the Autism’ – Autism and poo smearing, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Co-dependency, Vale Polly Samuel (aka ‘Donna Williams’) 1963-2017, Memorial speech by Chris Samuel, Polly’s husband, Footsteps of a Nobody by ‘Donna Williams’, Why admiration is not true connection – Polly Samuel (aka ‘Donna Williams’), To love is to EMPOWER – by Polly Samuel (aka ‘Donna Williams’), Visiting me after I’m gone by Polly Samuel (aka ‘Donna Williams’), When grieving the loss of someone who is more than ‘just a partner’. According to the National Autism Center, pica is the “abnormal craving for non-food items such as paint, dirt or clay.” It can lead to poisoning, intestinal damage, dental problems and more. http://www.aspinauts.com. This is called interoceptive awareness and this 8th sense is often impaired in people with autism. He smears on himself or anything around him. We have him taking Olly kids Probiotic + Prebiotic vitamins daily to try and keep him regular. The benefits seemed to last throughout the trial, and preliminary results pointed to a fecal transplant for autism as a real solution. As for when smearing/eating feces has become such a pattern it is an addiction then that is probably beyond the exhaustion and scope of a parent… inpatient psychiatric units goes to work on breaking addictive behavior cycles whether its vomiting, self injury, addiction. Using diapers can prevent a quick response to the urge “to go”, some may not even know you use a toilet to eliminate in, and remaining for any length of time in a soiled or wet diaper can cause the anal area to become sweaty or damp leading to anal itching, then picking and smearing. My son is now 14, and is high functioning. I have written numerous articles on toilet training and recommended books on the subject. Sometimes eating and smelling feces can be an alerting strategy. A. He is a high functioning autistic kid who was potty trained by 1 and a half. I would also recommend reading the book What to Do About Smearing https://autismawarenesscentre.com/shop/life-skills/sexuality-and-hygiene/smearing-practical-guide-parents-caregivers-people-autism-developmental-intellectual-disabilities/ . If he is not toilet trained yet, please consider watching my webinar on this process as I address smearing and constipation in it – https://autismawarenesscentre.com/shop/webinar/teaching-toileting-to-individuals-with-asd-webinar/ . If you support an individual who smears, the first thing to do is seek advice from your family doctor. As I write this he is laying in raw fecal matter , poop on his blanket, and everywhere in the bathroom. Well that worked some of the time and after a couple weeks of that, NOW my dad is getting pissed off at me for worrying about it to much and he’ll bring up things such as my substance abuse issues and say things like your not so perfect either. Coprogenics involves the eating and smearing of feces for pleasure and surprisingly, 1% of the human population have apparently engaged in it at some time! You say he watches TV while doing this. We’ve tried reward systems for a year and it is only getting worse. Doing this practice in the morning may be a way he wakes up. Is it rolled into a ball in between his fingers for example? I feel like I shoul... 10 year old stutters. Strategies will need to be individualized as every person has their own reason for smearing. I know of a man who daily smeared his shit in the radiators at his residential. 90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. I’m broken by it. I have a 5 year old autistic son that hates food. You can learn everything you need to know about smearing by reading Kate E. Reynolds book, What to Do About Smearing. Babies who have their first bowel movement before birth have a 16 percent increased risk of autism, according to a study of nearly 10 million people 1. My son is 4 years old and may be autistic. Which I’ve explained I most certainly am not and that I love him and sometimes you may have to take 2 or 3 showers a day as a common cuirtisy for “roommates you live with. Kay, when you ask you son if he has to poo and he says no, he may truly not feel the sensation that he has to go. we have tried educating how this can make us all sick and even talking nice to him. Toileting is a complex process and as parents, we have to be the detective to figure out why certain behaviors are happening. He doesn’t smear it as such, he just takes it from his nappy and eats it. It is a very comprehensive book on the subject. February 24, 2019; James Sinclair; 4; People with autism have a complicated relationship when it comes to food. Often, fecal smearing is related to a toileting problem such as constipation – https://autismawarenesscentre.com/constipation-witholding-and-overflow-a-deeper-dive-into-bowel-problems-for-individuals-with-asd/. Help! I have an 11 year old granddaughter who is autistic and non verbal. My son is 4 in October and is currently on the Austism diagnosis pathway (no official diagnosis yet) Literally the past month he’s started eating his poop. Don’t ask your son if he needs to poo before bedtime – take him to the toilet and have him sit for 10 minutes. While toilet training is a common challenge among parents of children with autism, few people discuss the smearing of feces or bowel problems.    Perhaps its about time we looked at how to compete with their motivation toward Coprogenics so that something else might be as familiar, as rewarding, as their own feces. I don’t know. My name is katy and I have a son who is almost 7 that plays in poop he is deaf with sensory issues he might have autism. There is very little research that shows how common this problem is with autism and other related disorders. Is the nappy only for nighttime? Does he smell the feces to alert himself? Thanks so much for this informative post! I ask because there may be some trauma there. The simplistic assumption that poo smearers are just stimming, or having sensory fixations with the texture, smell, taste, overlooks the emotional gratification of being boss, having control, keeping the unwanted behaviors as one’s own sense of power/territory. His father and I have truthfully lost t the first couple times thinking he would realize it was a problem and then stop. This means having neither a positive or negative reaction to fecal smearing. Thanks! Please share it with your friends on your favourite social network. Does he roll it in between his fingers? That the stool is hard to get out? Please help. There will just need to be some structure and rules around it in order to curb the behavior of taking your personal intimate things. I would be interested to know what he does with the poo. It isn’t as drastic now that he is now 8. I enjoyed surrounding myself with my smell and watching it disappear into the carpet. He sees a psychologist but they don’t do anything about it they call every 2 months, ask if he’s taking his pills and that’s it. She can now undo all this. You can now address the sensory piece. This kind of constipation typically resolves with lifestyle changes such as adding more water, fruit, veggies, and fiber to your diet. For the life of me I don’t know why he started doing this? https://autismawarenesscentre.com/calming-strategies-to-support-a-person-with-autism/, https://autismawarenesscentre.com/what-is-the-low-arousal-approach-and-how-can-it-benefit-my-family/, https://autismawarenesscentre.com/exercise-and-yoga-benefits-those-with-asd/, https://autismawarenesscentre.com/addressing-challenging-behavior-and-asd-going-beyond-what-we-see/, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312307503_Reducing_the_use_of_restrictive_clothing_as_mechanical_restraint, https://autismawarenesscentre.com/constipation-witholding-and-overflow-a-deeper-dive-into-bowel-problems-for-individuals-with-asd/, https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/irca/articles/the-m-word, http://www.cidd.unc.edu/docs/CommunityTalk/2016/CIDD%20Sexuality%20Presentation%20on%20Adolescents%20and%20Concrete%20learners-%20handout%20version%20Compatibility%20Mode%20single%20slides.pdf, https://autismuk.com/autism/sexuality-and-autism/sexuality-and-autism-danish-report/, https://asdsexed.org/category/hot-topics/masturbation-hot-topics/, https://autismawarenesscentre.com/shop/life-skills/sexuality-and-hygiene/smearing-practical-guide-parents-caregivers-people-autism-developmental-intellectual-disabilities/, https://autismawarenesscentre.com/interoception-and-autism-body-awareness-challenges-for-those-with-asd/, https://autismawarenesscentre.com/shop/webinar/teaching-toileting-to-individuals-with-asd-webinar/, https://autismawarenesscentre.com/shop/autism/training-e-book-jan2020/, Rolling feces in the hands, then hiding the pieces, Taking feces of out of the toilet to play with or smear, Choosing a spot in the house to play with feces, Undressing in the school toilet, smearing feces on themselves, then getting dressed again and returning to class, Smearing and shredding diapers at the same time, Defecating in the bath, then smearing the surrounding area, Psychiatric issues (OCD, exposure anxiety, mental health issues), Sensory factors (interoception problems – not knowing you have to go, enjoyment of smell and texture), Difficulties around teaching toilet training skills, Dietary factors (limited diet may lead to, Emotional factors (response to anxiety, the reward of a hot bath, sense of autonomy, understimulation/boredom, an expression of anger), Sexual factors (gratification, a sign of abuse), Focus on your own breathing prior to clean up – calm, steady breaths, Go somewhere alone to have an emotional reaction if there is the need to vent frustration, but make sure the individual is not present. 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