Parents of ADHD Children
talking to yourself
I need some help - my 11 year old son has ADD and Aspergers. We go to a psychologist, we are doing all the things recommended in articles (especially ADDitude articles), but we are still struggling with how to get him to stop walking around talking to himself. It is inhibiting making friends.
We’ve worked with him on what to say, how to approach a child, etc and he does ok with that, but when it doesn’t work (the child is uninterested or wants to do something my son doesn’t want to do) he doesn’t know what to do and goes back to what is comfortable. He is completely oblivious to the fact he’s walking in the way of others, ignoring others because he doesn’t hear them because he’s talking to himself, and worst of all - then the child he approached sees it and you see the look (you all know the look I’m talking about) where the kid is thinking “what is wrong with you?”
I guess what I need are suggestions on how to make him more aware of his behavior. He can’t change it unless he becomes aware of it and us calling it to his attention is not helpful at all. We don’t want to criticize him for it and we try to be subtle about it and give him suggestions on what to do (instead of saying “stop talking to yourself), but of course he still feels picked on about it.
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