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do most severely autistic children makes noises constantly?

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sphil Mon 08-Aug-11 19:35:53

I only have a very small sample to draw on, but out of the children in Ds2's SN class, he is the only one who jabbers and babbles continually. He does use words to ask for the things he wants but the rest of the time he is making a huge variety of noises, nonsense (to us) syllable strings and repetitive sounds/words. We are so used to it that it barely registers as being unusual any more, but found myself wondering today how many other children do it. I'd also like to know if he will always do it or whether its something that some children grow out of. Out of everything he does, it's probably the one that draws attention to him most as being different - although professionals have commented that its positive because an awful lot of it is made up of speech sounds.

PersonalClown Mon 08-Aug-11 19:38:14

Ds isn't severe but he does make noise constantly.
He hums and whines all day, every day. Even in his sleep.

But the Paed at school has made noises about Tourette's for DS.

silverfrog Mon 08-Aug-11 19:46:17

dd1 used to do this a lot when she was little, before she was fully verbal. she doesn't make random noise anymore, but is always constantly talking - asking questions, repeating stuff - constant chatter. chatting to herself, chatting to the person next to her on the train, chatting to me - silence is not an option with dd1 grin

the bit that makes her stand out is the repetitive stuff - she has spent today wandering around Alton towers saying "oh, the boy did hurt himself. yes he did. he's sad" again and again and again - no idea what boy, or when!

utah Mon 08-Aug-11 20:04:58

My ds is non verbal and is constantly making noises it is what causes the most stares. I am hoping that it is his way of communicating and hopefully we lead to speach he is 4.

5inthebed Mon 08-Aug-11 20:14:25

I know a few with severe autism. One is constantly making the same humming noise (sometimes even in his sleep), a few make some noise but there are breaks, and one makes no noise except clicking.

sphil Mon 08-Aug-11 23:41:21

I've just been looking at some old video footage from 3 years ago and he didnt do it anything like as much then. Just a repetitive 'tickertickerticker' noise. Now its a full range of shrieks, whoops, noises, repeated words, syllables etc. Its a bit like verbal stimming in a way.

Have found myself wondering about Tourettes too.

keepingupwiththejoneses Mon 08-Aug-11 23:54:50

Ds3, 5.2 is severe and does make constant noise, just as you describe and always has. He is still not fully verbal, but can say some words. A little girl I know who is 9 makes no sound at all, unless she is upset, she just smiles all the time.

willowthecat Tue 09-Aug-11 10:55:53

ds makes noises - more like muttering and mumbling stuff and also constantly tells us the same thing 'cats go miaw' 'trees in the garden' over and over again and again and again....

sphil Tue 09-Aug-11 11:10:07

Yes we get repeated words as well - atm its 'breakbrast....breakbrast....breakbrast' (the way he says breakfast). At all times of the day, not just at breakfast time!

Does anyone have an older child who used to do this but stopped?

sphil Tue 09-Aug-11 11:11:59

Although as I type that I know that I dont want the words to stop - just the noises that cause lemon-sucking faces in the general public grin
(I have to acknowledge SaintlyDame for that great phrase btw)

saintlyjimjams Sun 14-Aug-11 14:54:59

Well you know mine does smile he is lying next to me at the moment humming and shouting away.

sphil Sun 14-Aug-11 17:45:47

Well do you know Jimjams ( glad you've gone back to that name btw, was always my favouritesmile) - I was thinking about your DS when I wrote this post, amongst other children I know who are on the severe end of the spectrum. And I didnt remember him making noises - apart from when he's deliberately talking to you I mean. Maybe we notice it more in our own children.

nenevomito Sun 14-Aug-11 18:00:44

DS isn't severe, but makes a wide range of noises - mainly Nnnnnnnn or Gnnnnngnnnngnnnngnnnn, but if there's a word he likes the sound of he'll repeat it over and over. At the moment, its meat soup or meatloaf?!?

<has a momen laughing at that up till 6 months ago was clueless that there was even a problem> sorry about that!

He will hum or sing or make noise whenever he's not talking.

saintlyjimjams Sun 14-Aug-11 18:18:02

I can hear him downstairs at the moment sphil humming two notes repetitively. Usually he hums a song - we're getting a lot of Stone Roses at moment.

I think he's less likely to hum when out and about and when he running around the beach - although sometimes he does a loud neeeeeee there......

sphil Sun 14-Aug-11 18:56:15

Yes Ds2 does it less when we're out. Notice it most when he's on the computer or in the car.

BagPuss71 Mon 15-Aug-11 13:08:10

My DS is 6, was a late speaker but can speak smile . He has high functioning ASD but makes all sorts of noises all the time when he isn't speaking. Sometimes I tell him the quieten down and he will say 'oops! Sorry!' Just part of him, don't think he even knows he's doing it.

Jodianna Mon 15-Aug-11 14:03:20

I have three kids on the spectrum, they are all high (extremely) high function, they all make noises. Sometimes it's echolalic, for example copying the sound the microwave makes when it's ready, sometimes it's just noise, a clicking of the tongue, perhaps, sometimes questions or reminders to themselves. They are sixteen and fourteen (twins). They have learnt to control this, most of the time in inappropriate situations, eg. The classroom. However,stress and anxiety can increase the noises, a verbal tic, so they take exams alone and the invigilator is primed.
It may be tourettes, but it may be verbal tics than can be worked around.
I have to say, we don't tell ours off for their tics and stims at home, just let them know gently that it may be inappropriate in certain circumstances, that way they know they can 'let go safely' when they get home.

CognitiveDissident Mon 15-Aug-11 14:03:55

DS2 hums, screams, hoots, whistles and repeats favourite words or phrases obsessively. At the mo. we have "Oh Pippin" and "I need money!"

His most endearing stim is the enthusiastic humming noise he makes when eating...a kind of 'ommnommnomm' sound. It makes me want to scoop him up and cuddle him.

Jodianna Mon 15-Aug-11 14:04:31

sorry, haven't yet worked out how to correct post and was daft enough not to use the 'preview' button!

sphil Mon 15-Aug-11 18:31:44

So it sounds as if it has nothing to do with the severity of the autism - just something some kids do. I am hoping that as he gets older we will be able to help him distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate times for noises. At the moment he wouldnt understand. He is much quieter in assembly at school now than he used to be, but I think that may be to do with getting used to it. His TAs do just put a finger to their lips though - so maybe he does get it. Who knows?

nenevomito Mon 15-Aug-11 20:25:58

CognitiveDissent my DS does that too!! I though he was the only one.

He only does it if he likes what he's eating. The more favourite the food the louder the ommnomming.

His 1yo sister copies him. Dinner is always noisy, but satisfying.

BabeRuthless Mon 15-Aug-11 20:28:48

My 4 year old ds is constantly making noises. He was late talking and before he could form proper words was constantly saying "awa keeey" (nope, me either). Throughout the day he's constantly chatting or imitating noises. He's into Mario kart at the moment so I can trace most of them back to that. When he goes to bed he rocks his head back & forth while making a weird wirring noise (can't describe it properly) and somehow that gets him off to sleep. He also shouts nonsense at the top of his voice when he wakes up too. Think he does just constantly need to be around noise.

Marne Mon 15-Aug-11 21:30:34

Dd2 is HFA and makes a lot of noise (more so at home), lots of humming and singing, oh and she does this anoying drum beat with her mouth (sounds really good, like real drum beats but gets on your tits after a while).

Jodianna Tue 16-Aug-11 13:42:12

I once sat in DH's study with all the kids, the printer was on for some reason, hubby was twanging on his guitar whilst waiting for printer to finish and mimicing sound of printer, ds was copying guitar, dd1 was copying printer and dd2 the sound of the computer. I went to look for my sanity in the garden, never did find it!

anonandlikeit Tue 16-Aug-11 16:33:09

my friends ds is 15 with downs & severe autism, completely non verbal but has always just screamed & shreeked, really only distinguishable between a happy shreek & an upset shreek. Until they went to the zoo about a year ago and he copied the monkey noise, the first time he had ever imitated anything, it was seen as a huge step forward.
Sadly a year later he is still making an almost constant monkey noise, at school they have managed to stop him for brief periods when he is focused on something else & during PE when he is particularly active. At home it is relentless.

My ds is the opposite prefers to spend the entire day in complete & utter silence.

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