Poop - Fecal Smearing and Autism

by Tara
(Waterloo, ON Canada)

My five year old son is Autistic and has been fecal smearing for 3 years now and most recently has started diaper shredding. No one has any real solutions for us and it's been so frustrating.

Impractical solutions like overalls, plastic pants and velcro. He can open complicated locking mechanisms and the professionals are suggesting velcro???!

I recently found some sleep suits guaranteed to prevent fecal smearing and diaper or pad shredding but they are from a company in England that won't ship to Canada. I found someone to accept the package there and then ship it to me. I haven't received them yet but I really hope that they work although if they do, I can't keep ordering them this way. Why is there nothing like this in Canada? Surely hospitals and institutions have been looking for something to put patients into to prevent this behaviour, what do they currently do here? What do the group homes do?

I am at my wits end and have had days when he has done it 5 or 6 times and all I can think is, "one more time and he's living somewhere else."

It has to be one of the most depressing issues to deal with. No one wants feces smeared all over their home!

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poo smearing
by: nanny uk

i have a 6 year old grandson with cerebral palsey and doesnt communicate verbaly. my daughter telephoned this evening and sobbed,totaly frustrated and worn out after clearing up smeared poo then having to clean out the bath as he had done it in there too ! This is getting to be a regular thing now.i noticed you mentioned a company in the uk and wondered which one and if you have had any success with the product.i would be interested and welcome your reply. thankyou.



Editor's Note:
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by: Anonymous

Please let the rest of us know where to get this suit. thanks!


Editor's Note:
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one-piece footed pajamas to stop fecal smearing are available here
by: Anna

Lots of people have found an effective solution to fecal smearing by wearing these jumpsuit style footed-pajamas.

Simply use the garment with the zipper in the back - the child won't be able to get to their diaper.

Autistic children also have a tendency towards excessive touching of genitals, and this can help for that problem too.

These garments are made of polar fleece - very comfortable and comforting - and can be worn as a jumpsuit, regular one-piece pajamas, or as footed pajamas.

This store will ship all over the world:
One piece footed pajamas / jumpsuits


Also available is a bodysuit barrier garment, that is designed specifically for this issue. It is available in sizes child to adult XXL.

Bodysuit Onesie for Children

Lastly, for younger children, you may want to consider a onsite - also designed to meet the needs of children that smear feces.

It is available in children's sizes 2 to 10. Options include sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve. Available in white, grey, navy blue and pink.

For all of these items, you can save when you buy two or more, and international shipping is available.

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I hope that these solutions helps you!

Poop-fecal smearing and autism
by: Dee

I had tried what Anna suggested about jumpsuit with the zipper in the back, but my son who is 6years and on autism spectrum, arrived to take out his arm out. Unfortunately for us, it worked for couple weeks until he figured out how to take it off.
Please, give us more ideas. Thank you.

Concerned mom


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Hi. Sorry to hear that you are still having the problem. I am heartened to hear though that the reversed one-piece pjs did work for a while. That makes me think that the idea maybe just needs adjusting?

One tip that the manufacturer got from parents like yourself is to use safety pins to keep the top closed, so that the child can't get to it.

Maybe that's worth a try!

Suggestions
by: Lisa

I'm a behaviour therapist working with adults with intellectual disabilities & autism. Not sure what else you've tried besides management strategies (ie jumpsuits etc)...

You may want to have a sensory assessment done by an occupational therapist to determine whether the behaviour is driven by some sensory deficit. There may also be a physiological component to the behaviour related to the common problem of constipation and/or limited ability to communicate pain or discomfort in those with ASD. Once those possibilities have been ruled out then a behavioral assessment may help determine why the behaviour is occurring. Ie does s/he gain something or avoid something by smearing? Once you know the why you can manipulate the environment (your response) or teach an alternative behaviour to (hopefully) prevent the smearing.

Hope this is helpful. Good luck.

how to get the smell out?
by: Toni

My son with autism also smears his poop on occasion and recently he did it all over his bedroom wall. He hadn't done it in so long we didn't realize that it could still happen. I guess we thought he outgrew that stage. My question is, How do I get the smell of poop out of the drywall? We scrubbed and scraped and cleaned with many different green options and I finally used Clorox bleach....it still smells! Any advice? Something that has worked for anyone? Thanks!

Sleepsuits
by: Anonymous

Our daughter is almost 4 and has always gotten out her poppered sleep suits by streaching the neck and getting her arm out. The solution for us was a non streach cotton shirt over it, like a mans work shirt...she couldn't do buttons. The problem I am having is her growing out of the babygrows (max size is 2-3) I need to get some in her size 3-4 or 4-5 etc will be looking at the links.

I know the feeling
by: Tired Mum

Hi I wish i could help but all i can say is i really know what your going through. My son was doing eight times a day at one point but since putting on the failsafe diet and finding out about some of his food intolerances and allergys this has gone down to once every couple of days. You csn find out the info on the failsafe diet on www.fedup.com.au. It does cure autism but it does help.
kind regards Tired Mum

poop smearing
by: Anonymous

My son smeared poop for many years. Doctors were no help. I discovered it was a texture issue. He was seeking that slimy, slippery texture. I began substituting playdough and slime. This helped over time. Good luck.

New understanding of characteristics of autism
by: Anonymous

Hi all, I'm not sure if any of you have heard of Carly Fleischmann but this extraordinary girl brings hope to people affected by autism. She gives insight into the minds of autistic kids and she too participated in fecal smearing,

She cannot speak and for years her parents and doctors thought she was unable to communicate until one day she started typing on the computer. Carly explained what its like to live inside her body and why she screames and flails her arms. I recommend you all check out her website!

She is also on twitter and facebook! she wants to help other kids find their voice! Good luck to you all!

Carly's Voice

something better that footed pjs please!
by: frustrated mom in mn

Ok we have tried the backwards pj's we've even use a small luggage lock @ the top. yep he still gets out of them, tried the non stretchy button downn shirt on backwards, over the top yep he figured out how to unbutton the top few buttons and got the shirt off and then wiggled out of the pj's. If i remember correctly he figured out the shirt after 3 weeks. Got any other suggestions? I think its funny how the pros suggest velcro, really? were trying to prevent smearing, and i would imagine feces is hard to get out of the small crevices of the bumpy velcro side. Safety pins are very dangerous, and if a kid pulls hard enough they will break the pin and get hurt, and in some cases get it stuck in there pj's or them selves. Need some suggestions!

frustrated with fecal smearing
by: Anonymous

Our 7 yr old has been doing this since infancy. I feel like I am having a nervous breakdown. In a typical day he goes through 16 diapers or more and each time he takes one off he has poop butt and sits on the furniture or sometimes eats it. He smears anywhere he can as quickly as he can I am running out of patience and don't want to put him in residential care, but this can't continue or I will lose what little sanity I have left. We have also tried all the solutions mentioned, medical- colonics once a week and now he's pooping with greater ease and larger quantity- great for him, not good for us. Sensory hasn't helped and pj's with a shirt over them are a joke, how do you think he managed to smear in the first place? Oh yeah he stripped naked. As for what they do in residential facilities, I immagine they have one on ones or two on ones and may restrain the children as well as redirect. It's much easier for them to deal with as they can leave after their shift and recouperate from it, then someone new steps in.

same as above
by: desperate

I'm searching for a solution too...our autistic girl is 10 yrs old and still poop smearing (since she was a toddler & even eating it)...we thought we were safe when we would put her in the footie pajamas with the zipper backwards...but, in the past few weeks she has pulled her arm inside the pajama and down her front to get to the poop in the middle of the night. We wake up to find poop smeared all over her bed, furniture, DVDs, t.v., herself! I am so sick of it. She's non-verbal and now entering puberty so there is more genital touching going on. Potty training & therapies have been going on for years...so here I am searching again. We've had some homemade jumpers, but these are not working either...she can reach up or through the arm, ripping the jumper even. What the heck do we do? I am envisioning a straight jacket! I've thrown out floor rugs, toys that were so disgustingly coated and other stuff...this is the worse thing about this disorder...oh, and the diapers are a joke, too - leaking and not covering the whole butt...adult diapers are made for invalids not hyperactive jumping around autistic kids. We double diaper and insert a pad - this kid seems to let it all go while she sleeps.

Sensory Processing Disorder
by: Anonymous

I am an occupational therapist and I am interested in finding out more about why some children feel so compelled to play with their feces. Since all autistic children have sensory processing disorders and crave sensory stimulation throughout their day, then it might be that they are seeking some type of input from the poop smearing activity. It could possibly be scent (pungent and sharp), texture (mushy and slick), or the temperature (warm). I would try to give the child these types of sensory experiences through other avenues.
Scent---> smell sharp smelling cheese in a cup or canister, play with play doh that is scented with pickle juice or vinegar
Touch---> play-doh, pudding
Visual---> finger painting or shaving cream

Try some sensory activities and see if the behavior stops.

at my wits end
by: Anonymous

i have an autistic 2 yr old who smears her poop everywhere multiple times a day. i am a full time at home mom i have 2 other small children at home, i just don't know what to do to get her to stop i am absolutely losing it....please some help

re poop smearing
by: Anonymous

We are dealing with this too. Just thinking of ordering jumpsuits but they look expensive and I wonder if the child will get his arm inside the suit out of the sleeve. It's interesting to see the people commenting here about sensory... this boy just hates keeping a nappy on and we can't toilet train him. He just likes to run around the house with nothing on his lower half. It's become a habit. I'm looking at short sleeved jump suits since the weather here gets warm.

my son does it too!
by: Anonymous

is it odd that my son does it too? it has a weird texture as well. the smell is a little off too. how do i fix the problem? i don't like the way it tastes.

Poop smearing
by: Anonymous

My son is 3 and half yrs old is being seen by
The early intervention team here in Ireland he
Poop smears all the time rubs it in himself on
His face and eyes and its everywhere I've being
Using sleepsuits backward with the old fashion
Nappy pin (mothercare) or sow the suit closed
At the the zip also I cut the feet out of the sleep
Suit my son Alex also stays awake all nite I need
Some help to manage this problem cause I also
Have 3 other children I'm a stay at home mum
At my wits end

Poop smearing
by: Anonymous

My son is 3 and half yrs old is being seen by
The early intervention team here in Ireland he
Poop smears all the time rubs it in himself on
His face and eyes and its everywhere I've being
Using sleepsuits backward with the old fashion
Nappy pin (mothercare) or sow the suit closed
At the the zip also I cut the feet out of the sleep
Suit my son Alex also stays awake all nite I need
Some help to manage this problem cause I also
Have 3 other children I'm a stay at home mum
At my wits end

Poop smearing
by: Anonymous

My son is 3 and half yrs old is being seen by
The early intervention team here in Ireland he
Poop smears all the time rubs it in himself on
His face and eyes and its everywhere I've being
Using sleepsuits backward with the old fashion
Nappy pin (mothercare) or sow the suit closed
At the the zip also I cut the feet out of the sleep
Suit my son Alex also stays awake all nite I need
Some help to manage this problem cause I also
Have 3 other children I'm a stay at home mum
At my wits end

Poop smearing
by: Anonymous

My son is 3 and half yrs old is being seen by
The early intervention team here in Ireland he
Poop smears all the time rubs it in himself on
His face and eyes and its everywhere I've being
Using sleepsuits backward with the old fashion
Nappy pin (mothercare) or sow the suit closed
At the the zip also I cut the feet out of the sleep
Suit my son Alex also stays awake all nite I need
Some help to manage this problem cause I also
Have 3 other children I'm a stay at home mum
At my wits end

Poop smearing
by: Anonymous

My son is 3 and half yrs old is being seen by
The early intervention team here in Ireland he
Poop smears all the time rubs it in himself on
His face and eyes and its everywhere I've being
Using sleepsuits backward with the old fashion
Nappy pin (mothercare) or sow the suit closed
At the the zip also I cut the feet out of the sleep
Suit my son Alex also stays awake all nite I need
Some help to manage this problem cause I also
Have 3 other children I'm a stay at home mum
At my wits end

specialty PJ's
by: Anonymous

Our son is 8 and severely autistic and some nights does this. As others have already said, it's horrendous.
I tried a regular one piece pajama with feeties and cut the feeties off; then put it on him backwards.
He finagled the zipper down and slipped out of it in no time.
Then I safety pinned the zipper shut and taped over it to make sure it did not scratch him. No luck. Apparently he messed with it so much he managed to unhook the safety pin (with the tape still on it) and he had little red scratch and poke marks all around the back of his neck and upper back. I felt terrible.
I now have a pair of the PJs out to a local seamstress who is going to secure snaps OVER the zipper and we'll try that... We'll see if it works.

Have you checked out Carly Fleischmann??
by: Melissa

Hi,

I just came across this thread, and wanted to suggest, maybe asking Carly Fleischmann. I've posted her blog below.

For those of you who don't know of Carly, she's an inspirational young woman with autism, who found her voice through typing on a computer. She now answers questions, keeps her own blog, and tweets regularly. I encourage you to check her out, and her FAQ, perhaps you will find some answers there.

http://carlysvoice.com/

Good luck,
Melissa

Teenage Smearing
by: Anonymous

I am 19 years of age and smear my fecies regularly. I find this hilarious and exhiliarating. I do not have autism but I am however progressing well with my smearing, I have accomplished the seat smash, wall smear and upper decker.

smearing
by: Anonymous

My nephew is 6 years old what about day time smearing what can we d about that please help

"Poopsuits"
by: Anonymous

My son is almost five and I've tried the jumpsuits, jumpsuits backwards and backward jumpsuits with a safety pin on the back top and still he gets to it. I am think I may need to make a custom jumpsuit to stop him. Needless to say potty training is IMPOSSIBLE

pajama fix
by: peggy

I have an 11 yr old autism foster child. I have found that if you buy regular pj's that have pants and button up front style. Sew the button front closed . Sew a zipper in the back. sew the top to the bottoms to make a jumpsuit. May have to double sew the seams.Has worked for me. Has to be the flannel type pajamas. They do not have enough give to get the arm out thru the neck area. I have done this to his clothes also. He does not want to wear clothes at all plus smears if he gets to his diaper. Have to use the dress style shirts that button down the front. If they pull their arms in the shirt take it in at the armpit area.

Understanding
by: Anonymous

So sorry to hear parents doing it tough, my son has autism and thankfully he doesn't do it he jst almost trashes the house dnt kno why I bother cleaning sometimes, I felt compelled to write too because I notice some morons writing immature comments, one day you may hav children wit a disability and maybe you will see that its not jst one big joke grow the Ef up, people as ignorant as u make me sick, go post ur bs elsewhere. To everyone else you are all doing an awsome job dnt doubt ur selves

3 year old with cerebral palsy
by: Anonymous

I am also having the same problem who does the fecal smearing, latley it's been more and more ! Me and my husband are at our wits end with what to do we try button up onzie and she gets her way out of those also. We will have to try more zip up onzies. Would this be a sign of potty training ?we have tried to start potty traing with no success. Any help or opinions are greatly appreciated !

Fecal Smearing
by: Tammy

I have a 3.5 year old son with autism. Fecal smearing has been a real problem for us as well...and boy can I identify with the frustration, and feelings of defeatism. I have had some luck with footed sleepers from OshKosh and Carters. These two stores are available and do ship to Canada (shipping is a bit expensive) I live in Calgary and we do have a store here that has promised they will be getting a shipment soon...They have suggested that they range in sizes to 10. I am hopeful for the prospect. Keeping my fingers crossed:)

solution to fecal smearing
by: Anonymous

Either use duct tape to keep the diaper shut or the 2 inch adhesive tape which I have used on incontinent adult patients ( demented, confused etc) who remove diapers and contaminate IV/central line sites ( which can cause sepsis which can kill you.)

pooh smearing
by: Anonymous

I too have a step son who is 11 not artistic but i would say borderline he has adhd and serious behavior problems he is hyper al the time. He regularly smears his pooh over his seaboard and on the toilet and on doors and up the wall.

I feel so mad when he does it obviously it disgusts me its sad cos so.times the kid can be ok but i find it hard to look past the pooh habit. Especially as my 4yr old daughter is in same house

I wish i knew how to stop him I've learnt that getting angry with himportant and confronting him does not seem to work!!

same crap different day
by: Anonymous

hi!thankfully im not alone in this constant struggle! my son is 10 and does this 3-4 times a day. i have 5 kids the two older ones have autismbut only one is a fecal smearer.my son smears on the carpet and wipes it on cloths also.ive noticed that he will not do it on the hardwood floors only on carpet. i know how disheartening it is to clean the mess .everyday.took him to the docs to see if it was constiption and nothing so far. his diet consists of bread,mac and cheese, pizza and water.it seems he likes and will only eat 'white foods'

He's almost 4
by: Anonymous

He was fine understood everything untill he got his 18month booster shots then like a tape player ALL slowed down talking to him is like talking to a wall sometimes he will reply fast tho ask him a question and he well say something but change it in seconds . My thing is on iPad or Xbox he can play n get to places I never heard of on Xbox he gets to level 8 . He can reparat anything he hears on those sites but when asked by us goes blank. He won't open to anyone but my oldest son who was here when he was born the first year n my mom who is a recovering drug addict . When she's here he can keep a conversation going only with her after she leaves he's back to being blocked out. She's had several heart attacks were she won't come to but if I sneak him in she wakes right away. This putting crap on my walls in not cool my 2 yr old lil girl is way ahead of him . He broke his leg in Januuary at the hip so we Thot maybe it was just harder for him but its like he don't understand what were trying to show him instead she is . The weirdest thing is its always dirty diapers at night. He does carry a mast cell disease he inherited from me and is on meds but I don't know who or what to do

Thisj has worked for me.
by: Juls

I am a foster carer to a autistic child of 12 . She cannot communicate and is in nappies all the time. I had terrible trouble finding the answer to her smearing and eating her poo. My answer has been to get gymnastic/dance catsuits. They are made of nylon Lycra so fit the child snugly, (too snuggly for them to wriggle out of themselves) the material is breathable and thin so it can go under daytime of night time clothing. Also because there made for gymnastics or dance you can get them with stirrups so the child cannot pull the leg up to reach there nappy via the leg. I also found some that have a turtle neck (similar to a polo neck) and this does up at the back so i simply added a button here, and my child cannot reach to undo it themselves. You can order these from most large sports shops or amazon or eBay. Hope this helps.

Smearing
by: Shannon

I have had the honor of raising a child w severe autism for almost 13 years now in my foster home, honor yes, extreme frustration yes to that too! There were many mornings where I would cry b4 getting out of bed, as I knew I needed my cleaning supplies and rubber gloves and tackle the phecies which were everywhere!!! I successfully trained him out if it, here's how : TRIATHLON suit, women's style as the arm pit holes are way smaller, zipper in back, the material is not very stretchy and as its for triathlon, it's breathable, quick drying and has a unique thread design that is very sensorily pleasing. About $2oo a pop though, within 6 months my guys smearing stopped and I couldn't believe it but his bed wetting did too! He still has occasional actual accidents, in which case I use an 'enzyme' cleaner one can find at janitorial stores, also due to having to constantly replace mattresses, I had foam king custom make a size and a tarp place custom make a cover. The tarp is such a thick one that it doesn't let liquid through and very washable, plus my guy can't chew through it!! He has pica as well. I live and empathize with all your frustration and emotional defeat, keep trying and most of all loving!!

Process
by: Rebecca

My handsome changeling has also brought me to tears over his fecal eating and smearing. With other young children the house, it had to stop. Diapers are not an option....so I approached this the same way I potty-trained my Newf. That child is never from my sight. Not for a moment day or night. Of course, I cannot keep this up for long, but after a week or two my son is potty trained. Unfortunately, when he regressing every few months I have to do the process of him linked to my hip all over again, but it has helped to have a rhythm if you will.

Smearing
by: Anonymous

Hey, I am a carer for my cousin and he has autism and smears and shred his pads constantly, Maybe 2-3 times a day, We have tryed reverse sleep suits and they have worked for so long but no hes just ripping them and managing to get out of them, Does anyone have any ideas what can be done? The suits have hooks on the top so he can't pull the zip down but still manages to do it.

Mild autisim with adhd wiping his butt on anything
by: Anonymous

My son who is 10 and has adhd and mild high funtioning autisim.His been wiping his but on bathroom towels and now he wipes it on my coach, it smells now i check everyday and told him no and showed him how to use the toilet again.He starting to smell and friends ,siblings are noticing the smell what can i do any advice.

help..
by: Jess

My son is 3 . he's been smearing for as long as i can remember now but ive never questioned that he could be autistic . We're in the early stages of speech therapy because he does not communicate, verbally string a sentence together or maintain eye contact. He will wee in the potty but he wont poo in the potty i read that this sometimes can be separation anxiety. I don't know what else to do now, i want to help him myself instead of doctors and specialist.My sister is autistic and fecal smeared when she was his age but my mother only told me recently but one day she just didn't do it anymore . Basically im just looking for help not so much on smearing but also how to communicate with my son and any tips on what i should be looking for in regards to him possibly being autistic

kindest regards


Swim Trunks
by: Anonymous

I have a 13 year old son with very severe autism. I struggled for years with this problem. I finally found an inexpensive solution. This may sound crazy but I go to the local thrift store and purchase swim trunks that tie in the waist with pull strings. I doubled knot them and this has worked for a couple of years now. I tried the footed sleepers and used a safety pin like someone mentioned earlier he wiggled out and the pin came undone. Hope this helps someone.

the poo is on the wall
by: Anonymous

josh is 12 he as been doing this for about 3 months now. he can't speak or understand what is being said to him,

yesterday he completely covered his bedroom windows in poop today it was the wall.

he laughs his head off while i am cleaning it up if i shout at him he laughs more.

i,m going to buy lots of cans of shaving foam and see if he will do a swap

ive been using bath cream cleaner to wash it off the walls i think it gets rid of the smell as it as bleach and a scourer in it.

i,m just worrying about what he'll think up next.

its a good lob i love him
good luck don,t let i get you down, tony

Adult Smearing and Autism
by: Anonymous

My adult son does this when angry or at a loss for words. When you set limits he does this. It's horrible.

fecal smearing
by: Anonymous

Unfortunately kids whom have Autism are like Houdini
they will fathom out anything given time if the child or teenager is doubly incontinant or urine incontinant then obviously the child needs to wear protection yes they can put their hands down their diaper band get the feces out! I may be going over old ground here 1. a cloth diaper 2 Locking plastic pants 3a onesey 4.clothing that does up at the back so as it makes it harder for them to get the clothing off .unfortunately short of putting a straight jacket on them which no parent would want to do im afraid that the peron will inevitably find a way to smear .

POO SMEARING
by: Anonymous

MY SON HAS STARTED TO COVER HIM SELF AND THE HOUSE WITH POO HE DOES IT AT NIGHT AT BED TIME HE GETS UP SET WHEN I SHOUT AND TELL HIM OFF. BUT CANT TELL ME WHY HE DOES IT AFTER HE IS CLEANED UP IT IS LIKE IT HAS NOT HAPPENED. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO

Poop smearing
by: Anonymous

I'm the mother of six children and my 10 yr old is autistic and does this! It started about age 5 but has gotten worse over the years. She has painted my walls, beds, herself, etc. pull up don't do anything they leak pee and poop cause they don't fit. She is seen by a good dr but all they say is pretty much deal with it I'm really about to lose my mind. For along time I felt like she was the only one that this was something that only she done. Thankful for this website and all your comments even though I've already tried all these tricks and suits sometime just knowing there is support out there is a relief.

To the Ocupational Theripist that posted here.
by: Anonymous

Well I was Diagnosed with High Functioning Aspergers Syndrome and Traits of Classic Autism when I was 18. My entire life I loved to play in mud in the garden, until I was about 11 and I pooped myself quite by accident, while out shopping with my mum. I did not say anything to my mum because in the instance I had soiled my pants I relised that poop felt like mud as well but better because it was warm. So I just carried on. I still prefer to poop myself even to this day, and I am now 26 but nowa days I buy myself diapers to play with my poop, and If im going to wear a diaper I will wet it as well, because pee is warm and feels nice so there is no real problem there for me.
My social worker and my support workers think I might have Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified because I have alot of Learning Difficulties and I am also slightly Cognitively Delayed (it does not show does it lol), as well as having epilepsy. But the debate as to weather or not I have PDDNOS or not still continues. But at 26 I can not do basic maths like adding up, take away, times tables or divide, I can not do shoe laces and I can not tell time. My support workers from autism wessex take me shopping and help me with the cooking and the finanshial stuff .

parents beware
by: Anonymous

Quite a few of these comments are clearly fake. prob a result of some teenage boredom.

if you are really looking for help, do everything in your power to get a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)to help you w this behavior.

finding the function (why) this behavior occurs is key to designing a good intervention.

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Note from Anna...

Hi. Not sure why you think the comments are "obviously fake".

Sorry, but this problem is real.

A number of parents have called or written looking for help.

There are solutions like the bodysuit barrier garment, back zip pajamas and standard bodysuits for "easier" cases.

These solutions work!

Odour eliminators are your friends! NEW
by: Sheogorath

Specifically, the odour eliminators that work by neutralising the smell. I don't know if you can buy it in the US or Australia, but Febreeze is one such product.

Onsies! NEW
by: Autism parent

My daugher is 5 and a half and is autistic. She has 2 wear onsies due 2 stripping all the time (we'r just past the poo smearing) i just wear ordinary onsies on her back 2 front snip the hood off and wonderweb the remaining bit down to make it neat and tidy these r working for us! X

My 3 year old poop smeared for a year and a half and used to take off his diapers at night and is have to change the sheets a few times, here's how I stopped it... NEW
by: Anonymous

He got one cold shower and never touched poop again. I know there are mixed reviews on that strategy. But nothing else worked the cold shower was a last resort. I had tried spanking, to loss of privileges, tape on the diaper. Talking to. He used a sleep sack backwards for awhile and it stopped it but eventually that no longer worked. He is also autistic. People assume they can t understand consequences or disciine, ph yes they do. I told one day he was 3.5 and too big to be doing that and if he did it again he would get a cold shower. He did it again and got a cold shower. Waa laa he never touched poop since its been months! The fact he got it after 1 shower meant he knew better. The shower was not set on coldest setting and it lasted 5 seconds but he didn't like it. The shower wasn't meant to physically punish or shame him it wasmeant to make clean up as unpleasant as possible. When he was taking off doaper at night after I tried all avenues. I told him if he owed in the bed again nc of taking off diaper another cold shower. He did got a cold shower. A week went by nothing did it again another shower. Never did it again after that. Then he would pee on timeout out of spite tried spankngs, starting the timeout over not changing him till timeout is over. Afyer s few times nothing was working. I tons him if he peed in timeout again he would receive a cold shower. Never peed in timeout again! Woth autosm these kids sometimes require alternative methods. I know done of you won't agree. But remember this tk those who have something to say. My son is 3 and no longer poop smearing. Your kids are still poop smearing, how old are they? According to what IVe read years older than my son.

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