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    HI Caroline. Based on what you have said, it sounds as though she is sensory seeking to self regulate. Are the surfaces all of the same texture? Smooth’ness? To address it you need to work out what is happening for her – is it the process of licking (repetitive movement of the tongue for example) or sensory result of the process eg, taste. Ask parents if there is anything that she licks at home and try and gain a full picture of when the behaviours occur. Until this has been completed it will be very hard to address the issues but once there is some understanding of ‘why’ then you can try and replace the licking action with something else.

    Do you have an Autism Advisor within your LA that can observe her or offer advice?