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Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by adelady, Apr 21, 2011.
How old is this child? It does make a difference. Has his hearing been checked?
There are so many internal causes that could express themselves as this behaviour that it's hard to know where to start:
Excellent idea, above: can he hear properly? You never know, this might be that simple.
That said, if he makes random outbursts, it doesn't sound likely. He could be somewhere on the spectrum of autism; unable to comprehend degrees of inappropriacy, the feelings of others, or the difference between experiencing a thought and deciding to express it. If so, that could explain why, even after a long discussion about the whale's feelings, he still can't get his head round why it matters.
Before we start blowing whistles for medical diagnoses, we should also consider the possibility that there's nothing wrong with him as such, other than displaying extreme spectrum behaviour centred round inappropriacy and social conduct. After all, being a little eccentric or different to the norm isn't, by itself, a condition. He might simply be stubborn, a little rude, and egocentric, or even a latent genius, without having something that the ed psych could put a label on.
That said, he might. In either circumstance, have him assessed by an Ed Psych in case there is something serious underlying this behaviour. The danger is that something normal gets medicalised and treated like an illness. But that's a risk that might be worth taking, in case something real gets ignored and allowed to prosper.
Have you spoken to the parents about this? Have they had him evaluated in any way?
I'm no pro at SEN but this behaviour sounds very similar to a child in my yr3 class for whom we are seeking a statement of ADHD.
No expert here either, but my daughter has aspergers and this is a common symptom. However, I also experience her friends doing this from time to time, as just part of their age. Are there any other things that stand out about this little person; their socialisation and interaction with peers, etc?