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Making VERY loud noises - anyone else seen this?

Hi all,
My daughter makes extremely loud sharp noises of all kinds - sometimes screams, sometimes screamed songs, sometimes words or phrases. The point is that’s it is as loud as she can make it with as much sharpness or as grating as she can make it. She’s always done it and she continues to do it at 18. Occasionally she makes noise banging things in the same way, but more usually it’s with her voice.
She seems to be doing it for attention, but I’m not sure. It could also be to dominate - nothing else can be heard. And it could be a release of tension, but then why in public? 
It is physically painful and extremely hard to live with. Sometimes my heart leaps and my body is stressed, as if I’ve experienced a sudden physical attack.
I find it almost impossible to keep calm if she won’t stop - which she generally won’t. It seriously distresses her learning-disabled sister - who is sound sensitive at the best of times - but this doesn’t seem to matter to her.
I don’t know to what extent she does it with others (outside the family) - not that much I suspect,ecause she’d be in trouble quickly.
I guess it is a form of impulsiveness but I’m trying to understand it better. I’ve never seen it mentioned as a ‘symptom’, but it’s very striking.
I’d really like to know if anyone has similar experiences and what they think is happening, or how they handle it.


It could be Tourettes. My husband has a few family members that have Tourettes. My 7 year old ADHD son has tics…he’ll grunt and clear his throat constantly. Sometimes the grunting gets so loud it’s like he’s shouting. He just started on some new medicine a few weeks ago called Guanfacine. It really has helped his tics subside.

(My son is scheduled to be tested for Asperger’s/Autism Spectrum Disorder and also has some sensory issues.)

Posted by bchapman on Apr 03, 2017 at 8:55pm

It could be sensory related. People tend to think of sensory issues as being related to being overly sensitive to loud/sudden sounds, too many inputs to process like crowded rooms, etc. But some kids are essentially the opposite and require heavy/strong sensory inputs to help them calm down/cope in some situations. My son likes his music/tv LOUD, his showers HOT, pressure around him very firm/tight (sheets tucked tight, blankets heavy), etc. He doesn’t demonstrate what you’re describing with your daughter but he can sometimes shout or speak VERY LOUDLY when excited or upset - like he has no volume control. He is dual dx ADHD/ASD. I suggest having an evaluation with an Occupational Therapist. This is who explained to me about kids needs for heavy sensory inputs and how having him engage in a few minutes of high stimulation activities before asking him to focus for an extended period can help. Like running, jumping jacks, swinging, pushing around something heavy, etc that can provide the inputs he needs to allow him to regroup and focus.

Posted by brlk13 on Apr 03, 2017 at 9:46pm

Thanks so much - very useful suggestions. I’ll be thinking about this ..
Best to you both ...

Posted by Notwaving on Apr 04, 2017 at 2:10pm

I’m curious if you are able to ask her about the noises, to find our how the sounds makes her feel, what may be causing the desire to make noises inside her, etc. With my 13 yo daughter it is very difficult for me to get a conversation going regarding any of her behaviors. Like taking all her clothes out of her drawers in the middle of the night and piling them in the center of the room. Sleepwalking? starting to organize?
I get a big wall of non-information, shrug, “I don’t know” etc. Every once in a while if she’s in just the right mood I can get a bit of insight out of her.
For other things not related to her behavior we have a pretty good line of communication.

Posted by boomer on Apr 04, 2017 at 2:52pm

Could be vocal stimming often seen in individuals with autism in response to stressors, or could be Tourette’s or tics. I suppose it could be OCD even. I would talk with her doctor or therapist about it and see what can be done to help.

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

Posted by adhdmomma on Apr 05, 2017 at 3:12pm

My 7 year old daughter grunts and screams songs and things at times . She is also very sensitive to some noises like the leave blower . She was diagnosed With ADHD with possible OCD . She is on Metadate which helps at school but I can not see any change at home or in social situations. I read about ADHD and it seems this is a bigger beast than I could have imagined. Very stressful and tiring .

Posted by Peachyt on Apr 10, 2017 at 2:57am

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