Peer Education Programs can assist peers in better understanding the behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Many resources actually provide opportunities for children to see what it ‘feels like’ to be on the Spectrum, consequently changing their perceptions and interactions with a peer on the Spectrum. Replacement behaviors are skills that we teach children to do “in place of” a negative or odd behavior. Ideally, the replacement behavior should serve the same “function” as the negative or odd behavior. For example, if the tongue in nose behavior is likely related to a sensory need (e.g. child likes the feel on his face) then more appropriate ways to get the same kind of sensory input should be considered. This may include allowing him to put on chapstick, sucking on a lollipop or small candy and/or giving him a tissue to wipe his nose. If the odd behavior results in high levels of peer attention (good or bad), then teaching the child a better way to get peer attention would be beneficial such as calling their name or asking them to play. Behavior Stories are stories that teach a child a better response to a difficult social situation and outline how their behavior makes another person feel.
My son is 9, has autism, and he is constantly sticking his tongue in his nose out of habit. The kids at school are making fun of him and it grosses other students and people out. Can you suggest a way to stop it?