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Laura - Mom to ds (10) and dd (7) "Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life." Brian Andreas.
: btw Carrie, does your son have TS? My son does, and his sensory stuff and picking usually come at times when his ticks are starting a waxing phase.)
So, what I'm trying to say, in my long-winded kind of way, that how you approach this depends on where the behavior is coming from, if it's anxiety, or sensory-seeking.
I don't know what TS is.
also, could it be both anxiety and sensory seeking behavior? For us they are almost always the same. at least it seems that way.
Is it possible that constant rain-man like chatter (and forgive me, I'm not trying to be insentitive) is it possible that my son actually can't control this behavior? He's not even silent when asleep and it's inane factoids 24-7 otherwise. He doesn't really clue in to the fact that we aren't interested. When I cleanly say (and I must interrupt him to do this!) "hey, I really just want to listen to the birds for a few minutes could you stop telling me how rocks are formed for like 4 and a half minutes?" he looks a little glazed for a second, paces and picks his hands (nervous habit) and sort of begins to walk away and they comes back talking even faster with shorter breaks.
we just think of it as a social difference. He's over come a lot of weirdness and OCDishness to be as functional as he is. He's just (and I hate to say it) annoying in some ways. I need a little brain break sometimes and I can't seem to ever get away from the chattering. My head wants to explode after 12hrs of it.
While I'm certainly going to diagnose your child with anything on the basis of a few posts, you may want to read about Asperger's Syndrome and see if that fits him. While I have mixed feelings about the recommendations and overall attitude towards Aspie kids in the book (it's very make them act like other kids and not stand out in attitude), I think that the discussion of "Asperger Types" in Sohn and someone's _Parenting Your Aspergers Child_ (or something close) is pretty good. The OASIS Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is pretty good, too.
Thank you Pat. We have Rescue Remedy and I've managed to get him to try it 1x - since then he won't. He only drinks water and I've tried adding it to the water and he can smell it - he's super sensitive. *I* use Rescue Remedy all of the time and it really helps me. I'll have to look into the other thing and see if he'll try it. If he doesn't at least I know I'll get some use out of it.
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