There are a few parts of autism that are considered “touchy subjects” and some people don’t like talking about them.
One of those subjects is poop smearing. Most of us have been through or are currently going through it.
I thought we had nipped it in the bud. But the evil poop smearing monster is back.
My son started the poop smearing in November. Anytime he pooped if you didn’t change him immediately, it would end up on his hands, in his hair, on his face, on his stomach, and even IN his mouth!
Our occupational therapist suggested it was a sensory thing so giving him play doh or something else that felt like poop might help him stop. We also worked really hard on getting him to say the word “dodo” and know what it was.
Once we did those things the smearing stopped, he told us every time he pooped, and he felt like a big boy because of it.
We were doing so great. Four months smearing free until a week ago. Now instead of telling people he went potty he is now taking his diaper off and then playing in it. 😦
I try to keep a close eye on him, but to watch him 24/7 is just not an option. I do use the bathroom, cook, etc.
So my question to you is; how do I stop this? Has there been any techniques that have worked for you?