My son mimics other kids-abnormal?

Michelle - posted on 02/27/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My just turned 7 yr old son momics other children, usually the ones he is with the most. This has been going on for years in various forms. Now that he is in 1st grade he mimics (copies) the kids during class time and then at home he will "be" that kid instead of himself but always know he isn't that kid. He will start when he gets home from school some days and keeep up till bedtime, just breifly being himsel. Other days it isn't quite so long but it seems most days he is doing this. He is diagnosed with anxiety, OCD and PDD-NOS. He is very high functioning acedemically but not as mcuh socially. Any ideas?

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Patricia - posted on 03/02/2010

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My son is 9 and comes home stateing that " so and so did this, and so and so did that". Meaning he makes up "stories" about the children at school. There have been times where he has told me that other children have done the work on HIS school papers. IDK if this coinsides with mimic issues. He dose ALL THE TIME take parts of a conersation, OR a song and repeats them ALL day, or for days. That tends to wear us down.

Melissa - posted on 02/27/2010

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I have the same problem with my 11 year old son. It drives my husband and I crazy. I would love to hear a possible solution...

Michelle - posted on 02/27/2010

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Well, it is usually someone he is hanging around. First the class bully, now another kid. I just don't get it. It's like he's not o.k. being himself. He has always imitated kids in somw way and I always thought he would grow out of it. It drives his teacher crazy as well and I wonder if he is angering other kids in his class. He jsut seems unable to stop.

User - posted on 02/27/2010

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I am just wondering if he is picking a child he admires? I wonder if he is thinking if I could be Sam, then everyone would like me and I would be their friend.



Since he knows he is not the other child, maybe say, Sam, I'm glad you're here, but I miss Billy. I need to find out if Billy wants to go sliding tomorrow (or whatever only Billy could answer.)



Since he is able to role play (in this manner) maybe some type of therapy that involves role play would be helpful or a junior drama club where he could pretend and use this particular skill to help him develop socially.



Good luck,



Sheila

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