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Pica interventions
I am a kindergarten teacher who has a student with pica. He will eat objects such as pencil lead, erasers, clay, pens etc. and I notice it mostly during pencil paper work when his anxiety might be higher.  Are there any suggestions on how to control this?  I have talked to his mother but she just says that she says "don't eat that" or "stop it", but I do not think that is really an intervention or coping strategy.  Any information would be helpful.  Thank you very much.

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171768 tn?1324233699
Speak to your school nurse and express your concerns. Would this warrant a 504 plan? or maybe fall under the umbrella of the school's social workers?
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for sure 504 could get him/you 1:1 help

excellent idea- and wasn't there a theory that these kiddos might be in need of certain vitamins or did I dream that?
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thanks for your responses.  he has an IEP already set up so we are going to have a team meeting with everyone on the team and his parents to work together.  i am thinking about having him chew gum or having a sticker reward chart for every 2-5 minutes that he doesn't put something in his mouth.  this way i will focus on the positive than always having me say "stop" or "no"
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