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|Sun, 12-13-2009 - 12:07pm|
I'm having an issues with my DS, and it's an issue that has been going on since he could talk. My DS talks or vocalizes CONSTANTLY. Combined with that is some Aspie-ness in that what he wants to talk about is one of his few interests. Worse yet is that his interests tend to be obscure or "geeky" (right now he's into World of Warcraft, everything to do with 9/11, and how much he hates the male tween/teen heartthrobs). It's driving us nuts, and when he was in school (we are homeschooling this year), it drove his classmates nuts and he had no friends.
We've tried all approaches that we can think of, such as the gentle reminders to change the subject or lower his voice (he can also be loud), the rational approach where we explain how others perceive his chatter, and the harsh/punitive approach where we ask him to stop and if he doesn't, then we send him to his room.
The rational and harsh/punitive approaches just seem to be eating away at his self-esteem (and turning him into an angry kid), and the gentle approach is simply ignored by him. We don't know what to do.
It was a little better (but not hugely better) when he was on a higher dose of Ritalin, but he'd also lost his appetite and was verging on having an unhealthy weight, so we went to a lower dose.
Is there anyone who's child has this same behaviour and has found a solution? We see the pediatrician tomorrow and I'd love to be able to ask her to try something specific.
Oh, and FWIW, he's been assessed multiple times (and recently) for ASD and it has been ruled out.