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Swallowing a pill is an important life skill that people can learn with patience and practice. For people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it can take a little more time, patience and practice to learn how to swallow a pill properly. On this webpage, you will learn tips on how to help a person with ASD in your care learn how to swallow a pill.
Learning to swallow pills is all about practice. Here are some helpful tips when helping someone learn to swallow a pill:
1. Have a few sips of a drink to moisten the mouth and throat.
2. Place the pill into the center of the mouth. Avoid placing the pill in the back of the mouth. This can make swallowing more challenging and possibly trigger a person’s gag reflex.
3. Take a big sip of the drink. Try using a plastic water bottle to squeeze a large gulp of water to swallow.
4. Put the pill into the mouth. Take a big sip of drink and look at the floor. In doing this, the pill will float to the back of the mouth so it will be easier to swallow.
Start small and gradually increase as tolerated.
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