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6 Year Old Constantly Making Annoying Mouth Noises
I seem to recall reading here that one of your sons had issues with “mouth noises”? My 6 year old started with this over the summer and it’s nearly non-stop now. It’s repetitive, really annoying as you can imagine, and (I think) disruptive and disrespectful (though I know he doesn’t mean it to be!) I wonder what to do about it – if anything. Should I just ignore it and hope it goes away?
One of the thoughts I had was not just the ‘annoyance’ around this but obviously what point does it serve. Is it, as they say in the therapy world, “stimming”? Is it a nervous habit, is it helpful/harmful, should a professional be consulted, etc…?
Wondering if you or your readers have any thoughts or similar experiences with a child constantly making noises?
Ideas to help deal with mouth noises:
Readers – if you have experience or helpful ideas, please leave your comment for our community!
This has been happening around my house as well and as being bothered by noise is one of my own anger triggers, I am hopeful we will get some more ideas from readers. Here are a few things I’ve found somewhat helpful:
- It’s no secret to my son that these noises get irritating to us, and he doesn’t want to make them at school so we practice taking a deep breath when he’s wanting to make the noises to try and stop the urge. This is only marginally successful, but a helpful response for anyone to learn when they want to stop a habit, so I figure it won’t hurt at least.
- Kid who make mouth noises may be able to control them if they can take out their impulses with a mouth fidget toy instead – something for chewing and other sensory input.
- Sometimes I start singing to distract myself, or I ask him to sing me a song.
- Chewing gum can be helpful, but I would suggest a brand like Spry that’s good for teeth (Amazon affilaite) with xylitol, if they’re going to be chewing a lot of it.
- I really struggle with this. My only suggestion is a script so that you don’t snap. I use: If you need to make that noise can you please go out side/in the other room/ basically any where but here…lol.
- Help them learn to beatbox…no really I think this could be helpful because at least it is less annoying and less monotonous.
Books on Sensory Processing:
- Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues
- Everyday Games for Sensory Processing Disorder
- The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day (pre-order now!)
Helpful Links for Dealing with Mouth Noises:
- Sensory Processing Explained | Oral Sensory System [from Lemon Lime Adventures]
- Calm Down Kids – Blow Bubbles – One of our favorite oral-motor and calming activities
- Printable Sensory Activities Sheet – includes a variety of activities, some oral.
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