How can I stop my daughter from her constant humming

Denise - posted on 03/19/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My soon to be 9 year old daughter has had a habit of quietly humming to herself when tired, not to any tune or anything, just a simple hum. Recently we took a family trip to Walt Disney World and I noticed her humming more often, I just assumed that because we were at Disney and always on the go, that she was just overly tired. We are home now for almost a month and her humming is so frequent, she can't talk without pausing to hum, she can't read a book out loud without humming after every few words she reads. I asked her to try to be more aware of this habit and try not to do it, so now her hum is starting to turn into a very noticable clearing of the throat. What can I do to help snap her out of this habit she is forming? Any suggestions????
She has not been diagnosed with any form of Autism, Asperger's or PDD. I just thought that I would be able to get some good suggestions from mothers who may have experienced this.

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Denise - posted on 03/20/2011

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Thank you Julianne, I appreciate your help, I never even thought of a simple tap on her leg, that sounds like a solution to me. I always just say stop, which I think makes her do it more.I'm going to try this,

Julianne - posted on 03/19/2011

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trade one habit for another. it could be that she just needs an outlet and while humming at home isnt a big deal it has become something that is interupting her daily normal life. our daughter liked to hum or clear her throat too. every time she would start we would point it out and say that if she needed to do something she can tap her leg with her fingers, softly so not to disturb her class. its helped alot.

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