I have a 5year old son that has many behavioral problems, ADHD, OCD,ASD. he always smelled everything but now its becoming very inappropriate. teacher has emailed me to tell me that he likes to smell peoples behinds(butt).
Hi! I have a son with sensory issues and smelling things is something that is pretty common in kids with neurological issues. Occupational therapists deal with that kind of thing a lot and strategies to help. Do you work with any professionals? Does he receive any treatment? Also remember, that no is a word any child can learn to understand. And smelling bottoms of others can be a big no. Learning boundaries is important. Some kids like my son with sensory issues are very rule bound. Teach him about not crossing into other's space. This would prevent any ability to smell the butt. :>)
Ask your therapist if a "rewards and punishment" approach to your son's behavior would be appropriate and if it would even work. If so, just remember - it will take some time for this approach to work. You'd have to make his teachers at school aware of what you're attempting to do and provide them with the "rewards" so the approach is consistent across all his social encounters but I think this might just be better than constantly telling him "no" and getting yourself - and him - angry and frustrated.
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