Spitting

by Jean
(Eau Claire, WI)

I have an 8 year old son who has been spitting for about 4 months. He has spit on the floor and spit food out on the floor. We have been working on teaching him to go spit into the trash or sink if he has to spit. Many times he does it on the floor,which he knows he shouldn't do but can't explain why. His teacher has noted he does sometimes hold saliva in his mouth. He is a somewhat picky eater, it is very difficult to get him to try new foods. He also does not like his food to be too hot. The doctor seems to think he should have his tonsils taken out. While he does have large tonsils he does not complain of having trouble swallowing. Our floors are trashed and we are at the end of our rope. Can SPD come on later, in an 8 year old?? What is my next step?? Please help!

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Jul 09, 2016
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Spitting issues
by: Anonymous

I highly suspect that Sensory Processing Disorder is the root of the problem. Our son started this type of behavior at age 11. Autism runs in both sides of our family. His I.Q. is 135, so he can function O.K. Unfortunately, other family members have not been as lucky. SPD occurs within the spectrum of autism. Good luck to those who must deal with these issues on a daily basis.

Feb 12, 2013
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I have the same issues
by: Janice

My 8 year old constantly spits at home, and now has started to chew on his shirt collar. The school will not tollarate spitting so he does do it at school any longer. We thought it was because his medicine to help keep him calm, Intuniv, causes a dry mouth, but I think it is involuntary. On the other hand, if he can stop at school and not at home, maybe it is attention getting. I have tried to ignore it and keep him busy, and it seems to subside. His teen brother gets on him for doing it, so he tries hard not to do it, or goes in the other room to spit in the trash. My son is very, very germ conscious, so I have tried to explain that spitting is the most germ filled activity I can think of, and it is very dirty. He also has to put creme on his face constantly as it is dry and chapped. I may have to go back to his chew "T" to stop this behavior. All the best in your hunt for a solution.

Feb 12, 2013
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child disorder
by: Anonymous

Hello jean, when referring to the disorder you described, I have heard of such as autism spectrum disorders. So the child psychiatrist is the doctor to go to.Regards and hope.

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