We have tried to redirect the stimms, but when we do they just turn into something else. His Therapist tells him "quiet hands" when he is stimming with his hands (which is a lot of his stimming). That seems to work for a little while, but again, he goes onto something else. My son does the same thing with piles of toys as yours does. His Therapist says that hording (sp). My son is also a HUGE verbal stimmer.
Sorry probably no help huh?! :(Just want to know what everyone has used that has worked in reducing the amount your child stims.
Hi everyone! I understand that stimming can drive parents crazy. I'm not too hot about medication although I do agree that as a last resort, it may be needed to help your child feel better and to be able to be calmer to carry out daily functions. But have you considered that there is a reason for their stimming? They may be trying to block out certain sounds / events that they cannot understand or are irritated by ? Stimming may be the only way they know to keep themselves sane in an ever changing , confusing neuro-typical environment. I know it is hard to try to determine the cause of it. I'm just saying that if we stop it, it is highly likely that another stim will replace it, as the cause is still bothering them. With the verbal stim, your child may like to hear the sound of the moan. Or he may like the vibration in his throat when he makes that particular sound. have you tried Sound Therapy ? or craniosacral therapy? Behavioural intervention such as redirecting them to other activities does not work all the time, if the problem is more organic.
Our sons stimming has decreased markedly- just some 'holding things close to eyes and squinting' stuff (but I find that acceptable- he needs something)
The problem for us is that we have shoved so much at him, I can't isolate what it is that has caused it to disappear (and he no longer toe walks)
He has been on antivirals for nearly a year
He is also on vit A, C, D, E, Ca/Mg powder (hidden in chocolate chip biscuits and cocoa drinks), iron, acetyl L carnitine, reduced L glutathione, Pfeiffer primer, MT promoter, Selenium, yeast aid, no fenol, digestive enzymes, - thats all I can remember
So one / more than one/ all of them have helped.
Try sensory integration therapy by an occupational therapist and liquid nutritional supplementation. If you need resources on either, please email me.
ElizabethMy son had stims, like closing and opening doors etc... but i never though it was a big issue for us. Being consistent has helped him and he has stopped doing it. When he gets overstimulated what i called too hapyy he gets loud but i try to correct him and he slows down after a few minutes. I have been thinking try magnesium or calcium but right now his iron is too low so he is on liquid iron drops everydat for 6 months. Do kids need to be tested to take magnesium or calcium? Our 6 year old has been driving us up the wall over the last few weeks. She escalates herself up on repeating the same thing over and over. She has been really bad at bed time and stays awake till 2 & 3 in the morning at times getting all wound up on repeating something and asking if she can say a particular thing. It is getting very frustrating for us. We have tried and tried to redirect her but it seems to make things worse. She will get louder and louder. ANy ideas on what we can do here. What about something to help her sleep at bedtime? Any recommendations before we pull our hair out?Hi DKMontgomery:
Your child sounds alot like my 10 yr old...he started the obsessive thoughts around 6 as well...for him, it was about fans...he would talk about them nonstop...by 7 we started seeing a psychiatrist because he became violent with his baby brother...the dr recommended that we start him on Risperdal and it really helped...recently we tried to wean off of it and the obsessive thoughts were controlling him so much and the frustration was too much for him so we have started back with Risperdal and he is feeling much better...My 10 yr old has PDD/ADHD/OCD and the med helps him make better choices...I know that meds are not a popular thought but I think some children need them...Cognitive Therapy as well as meds is a very helpful way of coping with this type of behavior...
You are right - Our girl can go on non-stop with the same topic like, "You can say it......you can say it......." till she finally starts stomping on the floor and enters a typical fit mode. If you ignore it she just get's louder until she screams it. Certain words will set her off big time as well. We will for sure speak with our doctor on this one again.