Yesterday I sent out a brief email asking for your feedback, for your questions and concerns and within moments I had my first question back… so here goes.
“I have a question regarding loud humming noises. From what I know it is typical for kids with autism to humm. I have a child that does it all the time. Do you know about any strategies that might help lower the pitch of the humming or for the humming to fade away. I would really appreciate any help that you can give me.”
Humming is often a stimming behaviour. That is a self stimulation. It is the child’s way to soothe themselves. Much in the way we listen to music in the car, or curl up in bed with a book to relax, your child’s humming does the same thing.
Some articles have shown that a gluten free, casein free diet helped alleviate the humming, so this may be something you want to try.
Another article, and something I can attest to is music therapy. Your children obviously likes music to some level or they would not hum. Try playing some different music to them. My children love the “Baby Einstein” DVD’s and will often hum those songs afterwards. A word of caution you may find a few songs that drive them a little crazy. I myself purchased the entire DVD set, and so am able to quickly decide between the ones they like and don’t like. I suggest somewhere like eBay to purchase these at a lower cost. (I have a wholesaler I can get them from as well, if you cannot get them, costs about $50 USD for all 24, just drop me a line and let me know.)
Hopefully that helps a bit, and if any other parents have some words of wisdom, pass them along and I will be sure to pass it onto everyone.