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My son twitches in a weird way, HELP!!!

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  • Posted By: faithwaits
  • June 17, 2010
  • 04:58 AM

I have a three year old son who has super sensetive hearing. Just a slightly higher octave makes him cover his ears. Lately my husband and I have noticed for the past few months he seems to twitch. He touches his ears frequently and his nose too. He will move his head side to side to cover his ears but when we ask him if his ears hurt he says no. Even the doctors cannot find anything physically wrong with him. Is this him just adjusting to him growing or is this a concerning behavior to check out that could be a sign of something more? He is growing corretly in his behaviors as well. He hit all his milestones on time or early and he is a very loving and sweet person. I am really concerned and would love to get some imput from anyone!:confused:

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  • Dont worry as it probably isnt something like this.. but people with Asperger's syndrome can have super sensitive hearing (a dog barking in the distance which wouldnt bother a normal person can really annoy etc) .. and have repetitive motor behaviours of which it sounds as if your sons head side to side thing could be maybe just a repetitive behaviour thing. It may be a good idea to make sure you are aware of the things which could point to Aspergers in case your son has any more things going on which havent really come to your attention too much yet. eg hard to make friends, not liking change, big on collecting things to the point of being a bit obsessive, clumbiness etc etc. Asperger's have many traits one with Asperger's may have. i grew up with Asperger's but at the age of nearly 40.. have only just yesterday been officially diagnosed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger_syndrome
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have a three year old son who has super sensetive hearing. Just a slightly higher octave makes him cover his ears. Lately my husband and I have noticed for the past few months he seems to twitch. He touches his ears frequently and his nose too. He will move his head side to side to cover his ears but when we ask him if his ears hurt he says no. Even the doctors cannot find anything physically wrong with him. Is this him just adjusting to him growing or is this a concerning behavior to check out that could be a sign of something more? He is growing corretly in his behaviors as well. He hit all his milestones on time or early and he is a very loving and sweet person. I am really concerned and would love to get some imput from anyone!:confused:Tourettes Syndrome
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  • I don't think it is AS due to him being normal in all other aspects of his life. He is healthy and socializes fine with others, is not shy or obsessive. He likes order but has to be reminded to clean up or put things up where they go like any other kid. The only problem he has is the weird repetative movements with his ears and nose.
    faithwaits 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Your son is ONLY three. Some of the autism spectrum disorders only to begin manifest at this age. Please, do not be fooled by the "rain man" - a lot of autistic kids, including PDD-NOS and Aspergers "look normal" at this age. Sensitive hearing and possibly sensitive nose (if he is touching it, perhaps he is bothered by odors you may not even be aware of) are very typical for autism spectrum disorders. I speak from experience My son is eight now. He's been diagnosed with PDD-NOS at age of three, when I thought "there was nothing wrong with him". He used to be terrified of the clunking of the pots and pans... I wish I was more vigilant then. Please, please prove me wrong. I'd rather be wrong then sorry. Have your son evaluated by a neurologist - first. (Do not think that pediatrician's opinion is enough. Mine disregarded us twice). And do it as soon as possible. If I am wrong - hurray for your boy. But if he needs help - every day counts. Good luck!D.
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  • ok that's good :) ... im with the other poster then... maybe Tourettes Syndrome with the movements if they are happening spontanously. (i dont know if that causes noise sensitivity thou??). My sisters young son has got Tourettes (he's 4 or 5), and has some strange movements happening.. her doctor has told her he will probably just grow out of it. So if it does turn out to be Tourettes.. dont worry.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • Your son is ONLY three. Some of the autism spectrum disorders only to begin manifest at this age. Please, do not be fooled by the "rain man" - a lot of autistic kids, including PDD-NOS and Aspergers "look normal" at this age. Sensitive hearing and possibly sensitive nose (if he is touching it, perhaps he is bothered by odors you may not even be aware of) are very typical for autism spectrum disorders. I speak from experience My son is eight now. He's been diagnosed with PDD-NOS at age of three, when I thought "there was nothing wrong with him". He used to be terrified of the clunking of the pots and pans... I wish I was more vigilant then. Please, please prove me wrong. I'd rather be wrong then sorry. Have your son evaluated by a neurologist - first. (Do not think that pediatrician's opinion is enough. Mine disregarded us twice). And do it as soon as possible. If I am wrong - hurray for your boy. But if he needs help - every day counts. Good luck!D.
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  • ok, mystery solved and I feel stupid!! We discovered the reason the frequency of ear touching and twitching was because his growing hair was itching his ears!! LOL I was so freaked out but to just cover all the bases we took him to the doctor who gave him a clean bill of health and a pass on all physical aspects. Now that we started talking about it I found out that MY mom had the same concerns about my sensitive hearing when I was a little girl so it seems he got that trait from me. I still have uber sensitive hearing and can hear the weirdest small noises. It makes my husband laugh over what keeps me awake at night. So to fix the problem we cut his hair last night and the twitching stopped. Sometimes it just takes patience and talking things out. After asking my son tons of questions the magic one was "does it itch?" and after all the no's he said yes!! I guess we do have to realize even at three they can still give us a clue to the direction of what is going on in their bodies.
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  • ok, mystery solved and I feel stupid!! We discovered the reason the frequency of ear touching and twitching was because his growing hair was itching his ears!! LOL I was so freaked out but to just cover all the bases we took him to the doctor who gave him a clean bill of health and a pass on all physical aspects. Now that we started talking about it I found out that MY mom had the same concerns about my sensitive hearing when I was a little girl so it seems he got that trait from me. I still have uber sensitive hearing and can hear the weirdest small noises. It makes my husband laugh over what keeps me awake at night. So to fix the problem we cut his hair last night and the twitching stopped. Sometimes it just takes patience and talking things out. After asking my son tons of questions the magic one was "does it itch?" and after all the no's he said yes!! I guess we do have to realize even at three they can still give us a clue to the direction of what is going on in their bodies. :) That's great. Glad a hair cut stopped the twitching. i hope that is all it is. .............. (to whoever else is following this thread.. As the other poster said.. you may not pick up many abnormalities in ones with Asperger's etc at the age of 2 or 3, they often dont start to manifest till then. The only two things which really stood out about me at that age were.. picky with my eatting, if handed food, i would throw what i didnt want to eat and i would, if put in front of tv.. just stay there quietly watching/staring at it for hrs, hence appeared "a very unusually good kid as i could just put you in front of the tv and then i wouldnt have to worry about you". So always consider Autistic disorders when there is noise sensitivity at a young age). (over sensitivity to things like clothes, hair etc could also indicate Asperger's as there is sensitivity with touch in this disorder).
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • ok, mystery solved and I feel stupid!! We discovered the reason the frequency of ear touching and twitching was because his growing hair was itching his ears!! LOL I was so freaked out but to just cover all the bases we took him to the doctor who gave him a clean bill of health and a pass on all physical aspects. Now that we started talking about it I found out that MY mom had the same concerns about my sensitive hearing when I was a little girl so it seems he got that trait from me. I still have uber sensitive hearing and can hear the weirdest small noises. It makes my husband laugh over what keeps me awake at night. So to fix the problem we cut his hair last night and the twitching stopped. Sometimes it just takes patience and talking things out. After asking my son tons of questions the magic one was "does it itch?" and after all the no's he said yes!! I guess we do have to realize even at three they can still give us a clue to the direction of what is going on in their bodies. :) That's great. Glad a hair cut stopped the twitching. .............. (to whoever else read this thread.. As the other poster said.. you may not pick up many abnormalities in ones with Asperger's etc at the age of 2 or 3, they often dont start to manifest till then. The only two things which really stood out about me at that age were.. picky with my eatting, if handed food, i would throw what i didnt want to eat and i would, if put in front of tv.. just stay there quietly watching/staring at it for hrs, hence appeared "a very unusually good kid as i could just put you in front of the tv and then i wouldnt have to worry about you". Always consider Autistic disorders when there is noise sensitivity at a young age). (over sensitivity to things like clothes, hair etc could also indicate Asperger's as there is sensitivity with touch in this disorder).
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
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