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Old 05-09-2019, 04:26 AM
 
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I would tell them in a friendly way that snuggling and kissing are for mom and dad. It is part of teaching social rules. Kids with autism do not intrinsically pick upon social rules, and it takes time to learn them. I would insist that my staff let them know in a kind and friendly way, this is part of their disability and you do not shame kids for symptoms of their disability. That being said, many kids with autism need sensory input to self regulate, and they do let you know through things like trying to sit on your lap. If that is the case, I will look for other ways that they can get that input - weighted blanket, swinging, pushing heavy items, and yes - sometimes a sideway hug. If I see a kid dysregulate and know they need sensory input, I will show them visual choices of what they ca do. The goal is that over time they will learn the signs of needing sensory input, and ways to get that input in social appropriate ways.
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