Do all kids with autism have funny sounding laughs?
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
No, seriously! I'm really curious. My 16 year old son has Asperger's Syndrome and he has the goofiest, fakest sounding laugh I'd ever heard. That is, until my daughter with PDD-NOS/autism started laughing. It's the most wonderfully awful noise ever but I always have to go check to make sure she isn't choking or being mauled. Ah well. I love my kiddos... goofy laughs and all
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Well, I thought I might be able to answer your question. I will pay more attention and ask my fellow teachers about the laughs! I just retired from teaching the Deaf and their voices can be pretty strange. It is part of the package and makes us love them all the more! Chris
1720 days ago
My oldest, 15, with PDD-NOS can have a funny laugh. I think it's like others have mentioned, thinking that he's supposed to laugh so he tries to. But when he's really laughing, it sounds just like anyone else's. He also has this maniacal laugh when his system is out of whack, like when he wakes up in the middle of the night or when he gets into giggling fits.
My middle child, 9, is borderline aspergers and his laugh can be very loud when he's doing it because he thinks he should. But when he really finds something funny, his laugh is just like anyone else.
Such an interesting thing to wonder about, I must admit I hadn't thought about it much before.
1724 days ago
I never thought about that before. I have an autism spectrum disorder and I've been told a few times that my laugh is kind of strange. I sometimes laugh "hee hee hee," just like it's written in the comics when one of the characters laughs. I also sometimes laugh and cry for no reason. I can also laugh at the wrong times occasionally, especially when someone uses figurative speech. I usually know what they mean. I like those kinds of expressions a lot. I even collect them (Japanese has some really funny ones). But because I see everything in my head, the expressions look pretty funny sometimes. What I mean is that I experience the expression verbally as figurative speech and I know what it means, but I also experience it visually in the literal meaning.
1724 days ago
One thing I've heard (I don't know how accurate it is, or if it's only for one portion of kids with autism, so please don't hold it against me if I'm wrong) is that some people with autism have a hard time understanding emotion. So they laugh when they think they're 'supposed to' laugh in a way they think sounds like someone else would laugh. It could mean they're not certain they should be laughing at that moment but believe they should so it comes out strange.
There's a boy in my extended family who was adopted after being born to an 'at risk' mother (I won't go into the whole story) who did not do well by him. They thought for awhile he might have a form of autism, but no one was willing to take the time to really diagnose him. Now that he's a teen he has severe mental health issues and while he's very smart he can't put it to productive use. Well, part of his issues includes that he can't understand emotion. If he's 'supposed to' be happy but doesn't feel it 'properly' he gets so angry he becomes violent. Well, he has a very odd laugh, at some points it almost sounds maniacal. My point is that when someone's brain functions differently than 'normal' (which is essentially what autism is) emotions may be processed differently and the presentation of emotions (smiles, laughs, crying, anger, sadness, etc) may not sound/look/seem 'normal'.
That's my thought. There's such a range of autism that what's true for one is probably not true for another. I'm just going off what little I know. In the end, your kids are (seems to me) happy and wonderful so as long as they're joyous it's all good. hehe Hope you get more responses though!
1725 days ago
My son has Aspergers as well, and his laugh is one of those over the top loud laughs. It seems like it really just started the last couple of years. He also has these quirky noises he makes when he's in trouble or surprised. Bit, like you, I love him, quirks and all. It's what makes him...him :)
1725 days ago
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