verbal autistic child suddenly exchanges consonants

A verbal autistic child - 7 years old - suddenly started to exchange consonants. Often N instead of M, sometimes D instead of B, T instead of P. He says "tiss" instead of "tissue". It has been going on for a few months now. He has always needed to put something in his mouth - is there a connection? Can anything be done?
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