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Is this a normal phase or something to be concerned about?

post #1 of 7
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DS is 4.5 years old and since starting junior kindergarten has begun talking in "silly" voices (ex. reading something or answering a question using a silly voice) or repeating silly (or what he finds funny) phrases that he has heard children say or repeatedly singing songs taught by his teacher.  He doesn't do this at any particular moment or time of day other than perhaps when he's not really doing anything else.  He rarely does it when we are in public or when playing with friends...more something he does when playing alone at home.  The phrases or songs etc. change over time so he'll be stuck on one silly phrase for a few days and then switch to another and then another.  When I ask him what he is saying he is able to tell me where it is from (e.g. from a movie he saw or something one of his friend's said at school etc.).  Is this a normal stage of development or something I should be concerned about?  Just as an aside - his school completed a speech screening on his entire class and no concerns were noted by the therapist and scored as typical/normal for all areas of speech.  DS is extremely bright and we are considering having him tested for giftedness when he gets a bit older but don't really see a reason to push this at such a young age.  His memory is out of this world and he has always had a great ear for music (learns songs very quickly).

post #2 of 7

My DD does this all the time, and it doesnt concern me at all.

post #3 of 7
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I never really let this bother me either until my son's teacher brought it up as a concern.  I just felt this was normal kid behaviour but his teacher spoke to me about it before the holidays and voiced it as something that is concerning and could be a sign of something "more" (I think she is hinting at ADHD or Asperger's from the way she spoke).  She recommended I bring it up to my doctor....so just wondering whether other 4 year olds did this too. :)

post #4 of 7

I think this is pretty common. Heck, at 31 years old I sing songs and talk in bizarre voices at times. It doesn't sound like he is using it to mock his classmates or teacher in preschool or anything like that. Teachers can't diagnose ADHD, many doctors don't accurately.

post #5 of 7

I was just going to say - my 18yo daughter does this sometimes...
 

post #6 of 7

I'd say completely normal. My ds does something similar to this all the time, he just turned 5 in Nov.

post #7 of 7
I think it is normal but if you are worried it is something he can't control ask him. It sounds like something that would lead a teacher to suspect ocd if there were other signs not adhd.
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