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Physical symptoms that are medically unexplained

Provisions and / or strategies:

  • Use activities that are stress reducing e.g. games, dance, colouring, gardening, animals, forest school.
  • Monitor to see whether the symptom is persistent.
  • Keep a log and analyse pattern or trends to identify triggers. Talk to designated school lead (special educational needs co-ordinator, pastoral or safeguarding lead) regarding your concerns if issue persists.
  • Liaise with school nurse.
  • Remember that pain can affect children and young people with autistic spectrum condition or who have experienced trauma in ways that are different to people who are neurotypical.

Soiling: consider the causes for soiling too, these could be due to:

  • Development – exploring the sensation.
  • Sensory stimulus – the pupil likes the feel.
  • Not being toilet trained.
  • Abuse.

Last updated 3 September 2020

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