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DS ASD, 6.5 has always scripted from TV programs. He has a language delay/disorder, has functional speech and is becoming more conversational (2 year delay). I understand the scripting is a stim and his way of processing language/entertaining himself so would never want to stop him doing this. However, it is constant at the moment and driving us all bonkers (horrible histories is current favourite!). He is a very happy chap and i dont believe he is doing it more so than usual out of anxiety/boredom. I had thought as his languge developed the scripting would reduce? Also he realises that other children dont do it but its almost compulsive and he can’t control it. As soon as i point it out to him he starts again. I thought as he matured he may become a bit more self aware and not do it so much in company. Has anyone experienced this and any tips to manage it so he can continue but socially contain it a bit more?
Yep my 5.5 ASD DS does exactly the same! His current favourite is duck tales and constantly singing the theme tune then saying lines from the episodes. It’s driving us all mad!
I noticed him doing it this morning when singing into school & wasn’t answering back to the teacher because he was too much in his own world singing to himself.
I’ve not thought much of how to stop it really or if it effects his play with friends, I do know though that he’ll only play duck tales and nothing else with his friends.
I’m interested to see what others say & if there’s any on how to help them expand their play maybe?
Probably not what you want to hear: 10 year old DS still does it obsessively. It's just the programmes/films that have changed over the last 7 or 8 years! To be fair it's mainly when it's just the two of us. I do find his memory quite freaky; sometimes it's huge chunks of a film he saw ages ago. Just a shame it doesn't translate into remembering enough words to read fluently. He also doesn't get that for the person he's talking to it's not the same as being right back in the cinema watching the film so if, say, I fail to interpret one of the accompanying gestures he thinks I'm really hopeless.