by mary perez
(corpus christi, texas)
My Son age 11 has Tourettes Syndrome, with OCD, ADHD, Anger and social delays, sensory issues, and of course multiple gross motor and vocal tics.
I am frustrated with his chewing. He chews everything and always chews or if not chewing something picks his nose. I have tried all sorts of chewing items, pencil tops , necklaces , bracelets, that he can chew, but he will not use them. He just prefers to chew his finger tips and nails and toe nails, his bag, the table , the chairs , his pillow or his shirts.
He will spit out what he has chewed off and is therefore constantly spitting. This is becoming a big social barrier for him, everyone thinks he is spitting at them. It is rather gross.
I have seen an OT and he is on multiple medications from a neurologist for all his of the OCD traits but this is a big one now.
Any suggestion how to get this chewing and spitting to stop!