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#1 of 5 Old 09-24-2008, 01:29 PM - Thread Starter
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My son (ASD and 3.5 years old) is constantly making noise. It does not bother me in the least and I've never tried to redirect him.

He hums, he sings, he does the drumbeat to songs using his mouth to make drum and cymbal-like noises. He says, "do do do dah" when he doesn't know the words to something.

His OT last year (who we no longer see) thought that he only did this when she asked him to do something he didn't want to do or thought was too hard. I disagree. He does it constantly, when he's happy, when he's upset (it just gets louder), when he's busy, when he's bored, etc.

Today at preschool they said he did it for the whole 2.5 hours. I was not surprised. What surprised me is they said this is the FIRST time he could not be redirected. Normally they ask him to be quiet and he obeys them. Now, THAT surprises me! Maybe because I've never asked him to stop?

Anyway, I guess this is a behavior that is not appropriate at school? What can I do about it?

I have no problems with him doing this at home whatsoever.
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One of my students is almost constantly making noises as well but when he wears earphones and listens to music or soundscapes, he is SILENT. Perhaps you could try that with Jayce? Just giving him a few times a day in which his brain turns off the mouth noise while getting other stimuli might help him to do the same without the earphones. With that student, he can stop when requested, when doing activities at school. But he gets a lot of earphone time as well as a lot of singing during the school day.

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My NT 3.5 year old sings or blabs CONSTANTLY from the moment she gets out of bed until her head hits the pillow. I send her to her room for quiet time, and I hear her singing and carrying on conversations with imaginary people. Now my 2 year old has blossomed verbally, and he never shuts up either. By the end of the day I am pulling my hair out and screaming - PLEASE BE QUIET! (They also start running around in circles and shrieking at 4:30 on the dot every afternoon...) I'm just not sure what this school is asking is reasonable for a preschooler. I focus less on trying to make the noise stop and more on volume control. Candy, rewards sometimes work if I'm really desperate for silence, but really I don't think it is reasonable to expect little ones to be quiet for long. Usually they just need more time outdoors and more active play. Just my 2 cents.
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My kiddo does this too at home. I don't think he does it at school--maybe I should ask!

I know that his school last year gave the kids gum to chew when they wanted the noise level to come down. I worry about the choking hazard thing, but maybe it would work? Or maybe something could be substituted for the gum?

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My son hums and sings all day long too! I barely notice it but he starts school at the end of next month and I have been concerned that he is going to drive everyone there crazy. And I don't want the other kids to make fun of him (my other kids, like me, don't even notice him or they join in--which makes for A LOT of noise!)

If I redirect he stops for 30 seconds and then starts again--he does it without even thinking. It's especially bad when we are walking anywhere--he hums in beat to our steps.

So I have no advice but I wante dto tell you that I'm right there with you!

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