Fecal Smearing is also known as scatolia in the medical literature. Quite surprisingly, it is common among children as well as adults. We all know that toilet problems are not unusual in families with an autistic kid. Sometimes, kids refuse to go potty and holding it in until it becomes a problem. This is troublesome enough.
Fecal Smearing is one of the most distressing behaviors reported by parents of autistic kids. Usually, it occurs among kids with growing delays or post-traumatic pressure. It also means that the child may not be able to express the reason for the behavior. It is an upsetting behavior because of the smell, mess, and unhygienic condition.
The condition can cause loneliness. Eventually, the family will be unwilling and fearful to go outside, siblings will be reluctant to invite their friends over and so on. Unfortunately, there is very little research that demonstrates how common this concern is with autistic children and other related special needs.
What Is Fecal Smearing?
Needless to say, toilet training is a common challenge among parents of kids with autism, few people discuss the smearing of feces. This has been described as one of the most common bowels correlated to the problem behaviors in autism. There are numerous reasons fecal smearing may happen to a child.
The condition covers a variety of behaviors such as:
Smearing can be both expressively and bodily draining for parents as well as caregivers.
Basically, research shows three sets of variables that may contribute to fecal smearing behavior:
Furthermore, some research also claimed that gender, occurrence of intellectual special needs, gastrointestinal signs, and comorbid psychopathology are important predictors of toileting problems.
Some medical problems that may happen in autism or for a child in general. Some sensory challenges may include:
Fecal smearing is considered a behaviour and it has a meaning. Behavior factors are but one prime set of variables that play a role in fecal smearing.
Helpful Ways To Reduce Fecal Smearing
Here are some helpful tips to lessen fecal smearing:
We understand that parents who fight with their child fecal smearing, it can be terrifying, frustrating, and confusing. Consulting with experts like a doctor, a psychologist, an occupational therapist or a behavior therapist can be a huge support. The Master of Arts in Education with Special Educational Needs program is something that help to navigate and understand various aspects of special education.
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