The topic I am going to discuss now is very unappealing, unappetizing, and downright disgusting. It is, however, a very necessary topic for parents of autistic children, and of other intellectual disabilities and intense sensory issues. It's something I had to contend with for a while until I finally found the solution and I am eager to share it with others. If you are not dealing with this yourself, you might just want to skip it over, for as I said, it's unappealing, unappetizing, and downright disgusting.
When Dovi was first diagnosed and I was talking about it with some of my fellow special needs moms, I kept hearing how lucky I was that Dovi did not engage in the biggest nightmare for autism parents: Fecal Smearing. Dovi had no interest in the contents of his diaper, and although he occasionally did make a mess of things if he happened to poop on the floor or bathtub, it wasn't a regular habit and I didn't worry about it.
Until the day came when it became a fairly regular habit.