5 year old with repetitive speech and behavioral problems at school


(Ponca, NE)

My 5 year old just started kindergarten in August and was doing very well until recently. He has started having really odd behaviors and repeats words such as: kill, dead, weird, stupid, and ugly. We can't get him to stop if he is in public. Just last week the principal called saying he might need me to come get him because no one could calm him down. Apparently he was telling everyone he was going to kill them. We do not let him watch violent shows and do not let him say such things at home. However, lately he has been using the word STUPID non-stop in public with me. When I ask him to stop he says it more and then says "I do it on purpose." He has speech delays and is currently receiving OT at school for handwriting issues. We also started OT in an outpatient clinic due to sensory concerns.


I am wondering what my next step should be. Do we need to have him evaluated by a sensory specialist, neurologist, or behavioral specialist?? Maybe all of the above. He is usually very sweet, but if he is mad then watch out. My husband and I had him evaluated when he was 2 for autism, but we were told he did not have it. We are really wondering if he has SPD, ASD, or PDD-NOS. We love him no matter what, just would like some answers. :)

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Oct 07, 2014
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5 yr old with repetitive speech and behavioral problems at school
by: Anonymous

we had similar issues with my grandchild and found that the well behaved students were more or less ignoring grandchild while the ones with behavior problems were the ones who gravitated to the child. Their play was more bullying than play.

After grandchild moved to a room with less disruptive students and a more attentive teacher who had compassion, things changed.

Oct 04, 2014
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speech delay
by: Anonymous

My 5year old son has speech delay and plays violently with toys do u think it is with frustration

Feb 17, 2012
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My 5 year old has been throwing up since he was a baby
by: Mischell

Avery is 5 now if he sees mud or a girl with stiches or green dye on his hand from a gum ball he throws up. He seems to have a lot of mucus but something always triggers it. He has a hard time playing with others he says they don't want to play with him. And he has a hard time with his socks feeling funny I have had to cut all the tags out of his clothes, underwear are a nightmare. He seems to just be scared of everthing.

Dec 19, 2011
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Thank you!!
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much. I will look into that information as well (OCD). I am open for any suggestions.

Dec 19, 2011
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maybe triggered by recent illness
by: Anonymous

check out pandas network.org or pandas latitudes. At a recent ot conference they spoke about how to help children with similar issues. OCD or tics can cause someone to repeat thoughts. Children many times thinks aloud. So repetitive thoughts come out as repetitive phrases. A therapist can help your child learn to "control" and deal with those ocd thoughts. Antibiotic and motrin has been shown to help.

Nov 30, 2011
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Thank you!!
by: Anonymous

Thank you both for your responses. We now have the school psychologist involved to look at tourette's, autism spectrums, bullying, etc. She is going to observe him in class to let us know what her opinion is of the situation. He has never been a child to act out, so that is why it is so unusual. I appreciate your help.

Nov 26, 2011
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re: repetitive speech
by: Anonymous

Have they looked into the possibility of tourette's syndrome? It could be he can't help saying some of those things even though he says he can.

Nov 21, 2011
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5 yr old and repetitive speech
by: Anonymous

Rule out bullying ...I think he could be doing it to get attention too.... but negative attention obviously...is he learning this from one of his peers? that is another possibility...imitating a peer...check for mood swings aka bipolar disorder check for diabetes that makes someone angry a lot. but when he says these things is he visibly angry? or is he happy or content with no expression? This could tell you a lot. Any changes at home? new sibling on the way? new teacher? anything new? Good luck..

J.R.

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