Does your kid with #Autism freak out when they have the hiccups? 

Does your kid with #Autism freak out when they have the hiccups? 

I forgot to ask about this last night, so I thought I would do it now.  I ask this be a use I genuinely want to know.  

Gavin came home last night from the graduation party, sorta discombobulated for a really strange reason. He had the hiccups. 

When Gavin got into the house, it was like he was being tortured because he was so dramatic in regards to having the hiccups.  

It’s tough to tell with him sometimes because I don’t know of how much is actual discomfort and how much is drama.  

I suspect that hiccups are quite unpleasant when you have a sensory processing disorder and that’s why Gavin was acting the way he was. 

Does anyone else see this kind of reaction to something as seemingly simple as hiccups, when it comes to your kids with Autism.? 

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Hah yeah it annoys his mum more than me. As long as it’s not excessive I leave him to it.


My son absolutely loves hiccups, farting and burping, he finds great amusement in them, and even tries to force them at times. He says he likes how it feels. Which is lovely for everyone else.

Rebekah D Ward

Oh my gosh, yes! My son absolutely ABHORS hiccups! He will wander the house and cry and tell “Nooo!” I have to constantly remind him that he had to engage his diaphragm (which is hard to explain to a child at all, let alone one work a cognitive delay). So I usually tell him to chug some water from the bottle, if that helps? Or song if they are so inclined! HTH!

H. E. Riddleton

Also, try to keep your child away from the Guiness Book of World Records. This caused a lot of anxiety for me when I was little because whenever a bad thing happened, like hiccups or a rash, I was convinced that I was going to beat the record. My younger self had a lot of things from the Guiness Book of World Records memorized… This was one of my favorite books when I was younger…

H. E. Riddleton

Omigoodness! I am currently having hiccups right now and am rather distressed; however, when I was younger, up until I was about seventeen, I would have the worst sensory overload meltdowns in relation to hiccups and my Mommy would have to squeeze me and describe images of magical meadows and get me to drink water to help with my hyperventilating. So yes, I do think visualization meditations may help in calming your child, something my Mommy figured out for me when I was little to get me to calm down about a lot of things despite me not actually being diagnosed with ASD until I was twenty-one (I am a girl). I think the reason why visualization helps is because it distracts from one sensory stimuli by moving to another one. I have heard about other grounding methods– such as five senses, but I thought these were stupid as why would I want to start listing out ten more sensory items to focus on when I could barely handle one. Visualization is also an activity, is something that your mind is doing rather than just receiving, so it may work differently than music. Visualization and recitation of poems has often helped more than listening to music; however, listening to music may also help. Obviously, you cannot really recite poems or sing songs,which are active retrievals rather than receptions, when you have the hiccups.

Good luck to you and you and you!

I need to get rid of my hiccups now… I think I am starting to get upset… I am twenty-three and I am much better now at handling hiccups. Now, they just cause intense annoyance and frustration and increased anxious stimming.. Have not had a meltdown because of hiccups in a while…


I have ASD and my hiccups hurt really badly, my whole body jerks like I have a strong cough, and it hurts both my chest and my throat. It is very frustrating because hiccups just come for no reason and then leave for no reason, it’s a repetitive pain that we can’t make stop.

Avia Batya

They drive me fucking crazy and are often intense enough that my whole body bucks. Have him pour something carbonated straight down his throat if it happens again.

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