Is it sensory or anxiety or medications?
by Bonnie Anderson, OT
I have a Kindergarten student who picks his nails so severely that there is hardly anything left. He wears bandaids, if he keeps them on. This happens usually during group time at carpet. He sits on the back row, last one, and seems comfortable during instruction. We have tried brushing, theraputty, clay, and offering to let him go for a sensory break for deep pressure. Nothing seems to work and he now tries to hide and do it as his Mom tries to force him to stop.
Please help me understand this. I love him dearly. He is doing all classroom activities, academic and all, with paraprofessional support all day.
Any ideas will be most helpful. Thanks