My eldest son has just turned 9 and is on the milder end of the autistic spectrum. We are having some troubles at the moment with some habits of his that need addressing. He tends to like to fiddle with things, chew on his clothes and handle buttons and zips. Which is fine (although the chewing goes right through me I can live with that!). But a few times recently he has been fondling his penis. It's something he used to do quite a lot but had stopped in recent years. I'm not quite sure why it has restarted. He isn't masturbating and isn't even aware of what he's doing - it's just something his hands are doing if that makes sense? But is has happened at school and in public and he's heading towards an age where the world is less understanding about odd habits like that.
I could really use some suggestions on how to help him stop this. As he isn't doing it consiously I think that giving him something else to fiddle with might help? But it would need to be something silent and unobtrusive to be acceptable at school and I think would need to be attatched to him in someway so his hands go to it first maybe? Also any hints on talking to him about this?
Any help gratefully recieved!