Constant talking


(QLD, Australia)

My 7 year old has had some treatment from an OT for SPD around a year ago.

We saw much improvement, but now we are realizing that school is becoming more difficult.

He has trouble sitting still which is fine, we'll just get into the 'heavy' exercises before school starts. The main problem that I can't find an answer to is his constant talking in class!

That is far more disruptive then his fidgeting. What can I and his teacher do to try and stop this??

Please help.

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Aug 23, 2011
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address the issue
by: Anonymous

until you address the issue and understand why it is that he is unable to pay attention and why he is disruptive, how can you know what to implement. can't just treat the symptoms, you have to address the root of the issue. then you can move forward.

if he has an attention issue you may want to look into listening therapy. you could also seek out an alternative professional who can give you some ideas (naturally) that could help him. my son was on a neurotransmitter powder called BrainLink, for a time and it helped. it seems that at this age, his teacher would have some ideas on how to deal with this, especially in the classroom. have you approached the teacher? maybe he needs earplugs to bring the noise level down in the classroom for him and maybe he won't be so distracted and feel the need to comment, talk, etc. so much?n is he like that at home and in other environments and situations?


Aug 22, 2011
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by: Julie qld Australia

Thank you for your response, but I have had him assessed and he has had some OT. Due to finances though I have had to pull him out.

I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on helping him to be a bit quieter in class.

He is not a nervous child, but has more of the attention issue. I'm more concerned for his teacher and his classmates with the constant interruptions!

Aug 22, 2011
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by: Anonymous

i have a friend who's 8 year old daughter talks non-stop, except when she's asleep. :) in watching her and in discussing things with my friend as she has traveled this journey and tried to decide how to best help her daughter, i would propose a couple of questions.

is your son an anxious child? does he have sensitivities to sounds/noise? is he overwhelmed easily? is he sensitive to things people say and do, for example, does he get his feelings hurt easily? does he notice things differently than other people do or point out things that are not so much noticeable to others? has he had any type of eval for anything/concerns before? does he have a difficult time paying attention, complementing a task (following through). is he easily distracted? does he have hypersensitive hearing? does he need to exercise or play 'hard' often? is he an disorganized child? just some things to consider as i have watched this first hard with a friend... i have a son with mild spd and he has some issues with the things you have mentioned as well as a few that i have just mentioned. it may very well benefit you to seek some professional insight and direction. an occupational therapist can be such a wealth of resources and a sounding board for concerns as well. we have certainly benefited from regular visits to the ot.

couple more thoughts- could his talking have to do with being anxious? could it some times be an action to combat or block out other noises and unwanted sounds that bother him? there are many things that can be learned and implemented that can help with these challenges. good luck.

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