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DS and pencils, apples and sweets

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mckenzie Mon 22-Aug-11 19:51:56

I'm risking outing myself now but I've got to the stage with this issue that I really don't care.

DS is 10. He has always disliked sweets to the extent that he would say no to party bags way back when he was about 3 and I can remember Grandad buying him a bag of sweets and chasing him round the kitchen. DS running away crying and grandad thinking it was a game and chasing him with the sweets.
When he was younger though he ate apples and he sued pencils.

Fast forward to when he was about 7. We cant pinpoint exactly when it started but now DS is completely freaked out by apples, pears, pencils and sweets.

If his sister gets an apple out of the fridge, steam comes out of his ears, he screams and rages and insists that she puts it back. Ditto if she so much as looks at a pencil. But it's not just when his sister is involved. We were in a waiting room the other day and someone offered DS a pencil to fill in a form and he got very upset/agitated/angry. I really dont know how to describe his reactions. When it involves his sister or me it is definitely anger, sometimes physical. When it involves other people, strangers or friends, its more that he is upset.

Does anyone have any experience of this please? I have been to the doctors and asked to be referred to someone who can advise us how to deal with this but of course, on the NHS, these things take quite a while.


mckenzie Mon 22-Aug-11 21:08:56


mckenzie Thu 25-Aug-11 09:56:09


ellesabe Thu 25-Aug-11 10:10:52

Wow this sounds really difficult. I'm not sure I can be of much help. Have you tried asking him what it is that he doesn't like about these objects? And how does he manage at school?

mckenzie Thu 25-Aug-11 10:33:51

Thanks for your post ellesabe. It's the noise apparently, of the apple being cut or eaten, the pencil on the paper and the sweets being chewed.

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