humming student

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  1. luv2teach415

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    I have a student in my class that hums ALL the time. The humming is so loud and distracting that it not only distracts the other kids in my class but it also distracts me. His mom is asking me for suggestions to curb the humming. She said that the humming actually helps him to focus (which I haven't noticed it helping him focus but maybe his mom sees something that I don't see), but she also understands that it can be very distracting. I'm not sure what to tell her. I can't really think of anything that could take the place of humming to help him focus. Any ideas?
     
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    Until the student actually becomes aware she is doing it, nothing much will help it. I've found that some kids with ADD will hum when they work. It just happens and is soothing to them - and annoying to everyone around them.

    For classwork, having a different location for the child to move to may help.

    For mom, it might just be a signal or alerting the child to the humming until the child starts to notice it or the unintentional habit is broken. Maybe chewing gum will be enough to have the child thoughtlessly active.
     
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    Does the student realize they are humming when you ask them to stop humming?
     
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    I could move the student, but my room isn't that large so wherever he moves to, he will be heard. If I ask him to stop humming, he does stop. But then sometimes he starts humming again right away so my guess is that he's not always aware of his humming.

    I can tell mom about the gum idea but that can't happen on school. It's against the school rules to chew gum.
     
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    Can you do a simple tap on the shoulder? I've worked with older students who tend to not want to wear their glasses. I point to my glasses and their glasses tend to go back on.
     
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    I can try that. I would just have to teach him what that tap means.
     
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    During silent work, maybe the student could wear headphones and listen to white noise. Have you ever tried playing music while the class was working?
     
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    I haven't tried music, but I can absolutely do that too. Classical music? Or something else?
     
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    If I were you, I would try to go for personal music rather than whole class music. I know there is some research out there that talks about the benefits of music in the background (as there is research out there for just about everything), but I would hate to have 1 student in the class have learning distracted because the choice was to play music in the background for all to hear.
     
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    I used music in the background frequently - all different kinds, but nothing fast. Some classical that worked well was Four Seasons, Pathetique. Also, easy jazz like George Winston's piano music (I love Winter Into Spring). When I monitored morning study hall, I used Kenny Loggins and James Taylor and the kids enjoyed it. I never had a student who was distracted by it and most loved it.
     
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    Never? Or you never noticed someone feeling distracted by the music?
     

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