argh... my son has a new habit

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argh... my son has a new habit
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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 4:15pm
He's gone through a series of annoying habits.. but this one is the pits... he's walking around spitting/making noises constantly.. any ideas how to stop him doing this pleeeeeeaaaaseeeeee

he's 9 yrs old, has asperger's, adhd, and dyspraxia

thanks in advance

kristina who is tearing her hair out with this one!

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Fri, 05-02-2003 - 9:11am
I don't have an answer, but I was happy to see your post and look forward to some help, too! My son (age 7, PDDNOS) makes the annoying noises now too. I know EXACTLY how you feel!

Christine
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Fri, 05-02-2003 - 10:55am
I would take him to the pediatrician to make sure what the cause is. IE, many kids with ADHD and asperger's may also have tics, and you may want to rule that out. My dd has a couple minor tics. Hers started with an eye blink that was so frequent I took her to the doctor because I thought something was wrong with her eye. Was I surprised to find out that they were tics. She also will make a snorting noise that is a tic, and I have heard that spitting can be too. Does he do it more if you call attention to it? Kids with tics will do it. It is like trying not to yawn when you just have to, or trying to stop a sneeze and drawing attention to it makes it harder. The best thing that works for tics is just to totally ignore them.

Just a thought to rule out the medical first.

Renee

sorry bout the cl thing, forgot to log out and don't feel like going through the whole thing and retyping everything now.

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Fri, 05-02-2003 - 11:33am
thanks Renee

it never occurred to me it could be a tic, because these habits do seem to eventually go.. once it was sniffing, then growling, now this one. I'll see if i can get to see the specialist at the clinic we attend, but that could take a while and they don't have a lot of asperger's expertise (they're an ADHD clinic)

kristina

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Sat, 05-03-2003 - 2:40am
A large number of kids with ADHD have tics as well. It is known to be increased by stimulant meds with kids who are prone to tics anyway. Plus, as many as 20% of typical kids will have transient tics. You mentioned a number of vocal tics waxing and waning, are there any motor tics such as an eye blink, odd body movement or twitch. you didn't think these are tics because they go away, that is common among tics that they wax and wane. They are at their worst during stress. That clinic should know alot. There is also a tourette's board here that has loads of info, try that one out too.

Renee

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Sat, 05-03-2003 - 6:59am
lol Renee

this clinic should know a lot, but once told me that my son didn't have any attention problems because he stared out the window at a street light for 30 mins (his obsession at the time). They had no clue as to the combination effect of Asperger's and ADHD. As for having physical tics, i'm not sure, as he's dyspraxic and very clumsy and tends to wave his limbs around a lot anyway, in fact he never sits still at all, ever.

unfortunately this is England, and i can't afford the private care that is available (very very limited) so this is the best i get. As to whether he's more prone to tics, i'm not sure, he's always made repetitive noises since he was a little baby (as a toddler he used to pretend he was a washing machine - though we didn't find what it was until later)

i do have an adult friend that has Tourette's i'll talk to her and see how she manages her own condition and maybe that can give me some ideas

kristina