Originally Posted by ShadowLark
My son is only two, but he's also like a twelve month old. In fact he still mouths things constantly (and he likes licking stuff, too). Is that something that kids with Autism outgrow? Does your son still do it? Should I try to make him stop? HOW?
Off topic, but we have had this conversation at our house, mostly because some of the things he wants to mouth (like wood chips) seem kinda toxic. We've settled on small legos - he loves them, they're "relatively" non-toxic, and very portable. Small rocks outside work too. He's never had any choking issues, he seems very aware of how to be safe with small objects in his mouth. We've also noticed that when he doesn't have something readily available to put in his mouth for a stretch, that he either 1) starts chewing on crazy stuff like the leather chair, or 2) gets much less happy and engaged with his world. Mouthing things seems to help him process... Kind of like if you hold my hands still then I can't talk very well, if that makes sense. Anyhow, just our family's story on that subject!