What Can You Do About Your Child With Special Needs/Autism Who Wants to Smell Smelly Things?

What Can You Do About Your Child With Special Needs/Autism Who Wants to Smell Smelly Things?

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What’s up with children smelling the strange, the weird and gross things in the classroom and at home? Think about it for a minute. Our children usually have multiple issues going on so we shouldn’t be surprised that their sense of smell might be different too.

The school year is in full swing for most of us and we’re dealing with sensory issues! One sensory need some of our children have is Olfactory. To me this is one sensory need that our children have that is hard to hide and hard to ignore.

It’s hard enough when a child wants to smell something pleasant like someone’s hair. They are obviously invading personal space and being socially inappropriate, but a child wanting to smell hair is easier to accept than a child wanting to smell something unpleasant.

So what do you do in either case?

Instead of trying to stop a child from meeting this sensory need, give him/her what they crave, but in a more appropriate way. Put olfactory sensory options in your child’s daily sensory “diet”.

I’ve had two situations come up this week that inspired this week’s video/blog. Take a look!

Now hopefully when you find yourself trying to find a way to stop your child from sniffing strange, weird or gross things you’ll have some ideas of what to do!

Just a quick reminder for those of you living in central Indiana, Answers for Autism is an organization that has their semi-annual grant give-a-way deadline coming up October 15th.

If you have students with autism in need of something …..like a sensory room lets say, with lots of sensory options including interesting things to smell, this is a simple two- page application that’s worth filling out!

Just go online and type in Answers for Autism and click on grant information. Seven of my teachers have received money in recent years totaling more than $14,100 and put it towards materials and sensory room equipment. That’s a lot of money for just seven teachers!!! Go for it!

I would love to hear your story about solving an olfactory sensory need! Leave a comment below! I’m sure I’m going to get some interesting comments on this one!

See you next time!


One comment on “What Can You Do About Your Child With Special Needs/Autism Who Wants to Smell Smelly Things?

  1. Cyndi Smith on said:

    For a child who needs to smell scents frequently, we have used a terry cloth wrist band (the kind used by athletes to wipe sweat from the brow). With the scent applied to the wrist band, the child can smell as needed without being intrusive to others.

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