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What to Do about Smearing

What to Do about Smearing

A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers of People with Autism, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

Kate E. Reynolds, illustrated by Lucy Pulleyblank

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With practical advice and examples of interventions, this supportive book presents positive ways to manage faecal smearing in children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities. Explaining the root causes of smearing for better understanding, this is a reassuring resource for families and professionals who experience smearing behaviour.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 8.46in x 5.51in / 215mm x 140mm, 168pp
ISBN: 9781785921308

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2017, ePUB, 168pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-395-6
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Addressing the often hidden, yet not uncommon, behaviour of faecal smearing among children and adults with autism and developmental and intellectual disabilities, this practical handbook shows how to tackle this often embarrassing and difficult issue in a positive way.

Informing parents and caregivers of the many causes of smearing, the author offers tried-and-tested, everyday approaches for managing this behaviour. This supportive guidebook includes down-to-earth advice, helpful picture narratives, examples of how to prepare and use diary sheets for behaviour analysis, and practical exercises that can be carried out at home. There is also advice on what to do if a child ingests faeces, and dealing with persistent or recurring smearing. With a focus on positive low-arousal responses and featuring the voices of parents who have experience of their child's smearing, families will feel supported and confident in identifying the causes of smearing, and be able to choose and carry out appropriate preventative approaches. This will also be a useful resource for professionals who encounter smearing behaviour, including social workers and SEN and teaching staff.



This book will help with understanding a condition that is distressing and challenging for both carers and professionals. It explores the underlying causes and gives practical approaches for help.

Smearing is a topic that is rarely addressed, and this book will help to promote discussion and knowledge.

- Eve Fleming, Community Paediatrician


By (author): Kate E. Reynolds
Illustrated by: Lucy Pulleyblank