My son with ADHD talks endlessly, and he doesn’t seem to realize it’s annoying to other people. How can I help him learn to stop before it gets to that point?
Many kids with ADHD like to talk, especially if they’re passionate about something. That’s not always a bad thing. But when they talk excessively, or say things at the wrong time, it can understandably be annoying to others.
Excessive talking can take many forms. Kids may talk at an inappropriate time, speak out of turn, talk over people or monopolize the conversation. They may also offend or annoy others by saying the first thing that pops into their head.
The first thing to know is that your child isn’t doing this on purpose. In fact, he may not even realize it’s happening. That’s because his actions are most likely the result of his ADHD symptoms.
Lack of self-control might be making it tough for him to stop and think before speaking, for instance. (If he’s overexcited the words can spill out all at once.) He might also be too distracted to pause and listen to others. And he might be worried he’ll forget what he wants to say if he doesn’t say it right away.