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5 year old making loud random exclamations

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diplodocus Thu 06-Jan-11 16:08:02

Just curious to see whether this is common. DD1 if 5 and quite a high energy child (although her concentration is good). She has started over the last few months making frequent loud random exclamations (e.g. a phrase from a TV programme or occasionally a made-up word)quite frequently - often at the same time as a quick burst of activity (e.g. jumping round the room). It seems worse when she's anxious - she's just started school and while she's settled well I think she's found it quite stressful. It's quite irritating, but my main concern is it might unerve other rather quieter children. She gets on OK with other children, but I think finds groups quite hard and hasn't yet made friendships in the same way as some of the other girls have (although she does outside of school). I therefore don't want there to be anything getting in the way of developing friendships, so am maybe a bit sensitive as to how her behaviour will affect other children's ability to relate to her (although I obviously don't show this with her). I tend to just tell her quietly to calm dowm and use a quiet voice, but don't really know whether it would be better to ignore.

Any thoughts? Do other children have this reaction to stress? Will she just grow out of it or do you think it's something I need to work on with her?

diplodocus Thu 06-Jan-11 16:21:36

Forgot to mention her speech is good, so don't think it's frustration

belledechocchipcookie Thu 06-Jan-11 16:26:15

Have you looked into dyspraxia?

diplodocus Thu 06-Jan-11 16:32:14

Thanks Belle - she donesn't have any other symptoms of this (based on my very limited knowledge of dypraxia). Co-ordination is fine (her fine motor skills are very good), concentration generally good, writing is coming along well etc. She donesn't have sequencing issues. It's just the shouting (and vague discomfort in group situations).

belledechocchipcookie Thu 06-Jan-11 16:36:30

Sounds like she needs to be on a stage. wink

It's normal and she's seeking attention. Some children are just louder then others. I have a louder child so I can see where you are coming from. They do calm down as they get older though. Most children will just ignore it. I found a book called the unwritten rules of friendship to be helpful.

diplodocus Thu 06-Jan-11 16:38:12

Thanks - I'll get hold of a copy.

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