My son will be 3 in August. When he turned 1 he developed this habit of rocking back and fourth and banging this head against any surface. His crib rail, couch, wall etc. Later when he was older we turned his bed to toddler bed so he lessened doing it, but still does it that once he even bruised his back.
Then at 2 he started throwing major tantrums (i guess that's normal for a 2 year old), but sometime they would really frustrate us for example he building something with his building blocks, and it topples over. He'll throw a fit. He became extremely over hyper/active but I'm told most boys are.
He has speech delay (he's bilingual). His pedi later recommended speech therapy. After 6 months they said he's doing fine and will continue if I want to. He started saying alot of words. Now he says small sentences but doesn't talk like an almost-3-year-old.
He prefers sitting by himself and rocking back and fourth. He will play with other kids but that's very rare (he's an only child so I take him on playdates, also i enrolled him in a very good private day care so gets more interaction. He goes there twice a week for half day).
He will play with a new toy, but after a couple of days he will stash it with his other favorite toys in his baskets. Those baskets come out when he's up and he puts them away when he's going to bed. He doesn't even let us touch them when we try to play with him. He prefers we run after him and try to catch him.
He'll sit quietly for the longest periods of time.
He doesn't prefer playing on swing sets or other play things, even his teacher says most of the times he prefers to gaze at the flowers, grass or the skies. He plays wit his fellow friends sometimes, whereas they are playing with each other everyday.
These are major issues I could think of. I mentioned this to his pedi, and she says he seems fine. Even my husband is saying I'm letting my imagination run away with me. When he was 2 I was suspecting he's autistic, but he's very social now so I guess that's not the case anymore. He will meet new (or old) people very kindly unless he cranky or in a plain bad mood. he does say hello and bye when they're leaving. and likes meeting new people.
So my question, after reading all this, do you think I should contact a specialist? Or are these normal 3 year old behavior? Any sort of advice is welcome.
Asked by Anonymous at 8:32 AM on Jun. 5, 2013 in Preschoolers (3-4)
Answer by Anonymous at 8:34 AM on Jun. 5, 2013
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Answer by HappyEndings at 9:26 AM on Jun. 5, 2013
I would have him evaluated if for nothing else than to put your mind at ease. The worst case scenario is that you get a heads up on where he is and can deal with it as it comes.
As for him not playing with other kids so much, at that age they aren't always playing together. They play along side each other and can enjoy each others company, but they don't generally do things together. Right now it's more about learning social behaviors like sharing and taking turns.
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