I think that all kids, special needs kids or tipicaly developing kids go through this but the differacnce is the "normal" kids care about what we say to them and the disabled kids just do their own thing!
One thing I have learned from andrew is that nothing we say has very much effect on him. My other kids lick things and put grose things in their mouths but when I say NO NO, they take it out. Andrew just acts like I am not even there!Both my boys did this as well but got out of it..lolMY SON LICKS TOO!!!!! the wall and anything in his way. It was weird because up untill a few months ago he had never put anything in his mouth. He had never even put a toy in his mouth. If you were to put a spoon in his mouth with food on it, that would be ok, but he would not do it himself. But now all of the sudden he licks everything. he will be 3 in october. I am so glad that other people go thruogh what we do!!!!!!!!!!Have you contacted an OT? My son has had a licking fascination but now I realize he has stopped momentarily!LOL The OT will be able to give you some advice. We used suckers and popsicles to help so that he was licking appropriately....I know it was embarassing when he went around licking other people
The out of sync child is a very good book. I've just started reading 10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew which so far is also very good.
Our son used to lick everything and will do it still sometimes. He also will spit on things like the dog, floor etc. He will sometime steal the dog's food and eat it but won't touch his own food. Ugh! Sometimes I think they just like to get a rise out of us adults but I do believe it is sometimes sensory related.My daughter does this also! In the Ped. Neuro. office she licked the bottoms of both of our shoes and then he said`..... "UM, Yeah, she has Autism!" She stoppped doing it for a while but recently started up again!
oh yes!! lula licks EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE! wherever we go she will lick the floors but like someone else said, she wont eat anything but she'll lick it. she has started licking her finger, touching things, and+ then putting it back in her mouth.
gross story coming up....
lula was running around naked and peed on the kitchen floor, as i was getting a towel the dog ran over and started licking it up...yup, you guessed it before i could stop that (as if thats not gross enough) lula was on all fours licking the floor! i have never moved so fast! yuck!!My daughters licking issues havent been as bad as they once were. SHe licked everything, including my parents dog. It was gross. I dont why she has suddenly seemed to outgrow it, but she hasnt been doing it as much. Last week I caught her licking the bottoms of her feet. I asked why she was doing that. SHe pointed to the door way, then went over and climbed up the door frame. Who knows.