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He can't sit down at story time at daycare unless the bathroom light is off & door is shut!

He wakes up screaming at 5 am because his "blankie is broken" which means is not completely covering his bed evenly!

Once awake he can't go back to sleep until you fix his brothers pillow because the ninja turtles are facing the wrong way!

He has to close every door or gate that's open!

He needs a new napkin or baby wipe every time he wipes his hands!

He can't get even a drop of water on his clothes without needing to change them.

Washes his hands constantly with soap & water.

Puts things exactly in their place ALWAYS! Matches things by size & color!

No it's NOT autism :-). I am a nurse and I work with people with various cognitive hardships. He's extremely well at talking compaired to his peers. He can enjoy time outdoors digging in sand or mud! We live on the coast & he enjoys the beach & all the different sensory experiences there. He can count, sing, dance, climb, run etc. he's just overly particular about things.
by on Jan. 28, 2014 at 6:02 AM
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by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 28, 2014 at 6:47 AM
I have OCD as well, and immediately recognized the symptoms in my 10 year old when they appeared. She is going through exposure and response therapy currently. She is of an age where she can understand must be tough for a 3 yr old. Have you talked to a child behavior specialist?

I wouldn't wish OCD on anyone.

Quoting Mammacra: I have OCD & discuss his behavior with my therapist. I try to encourage him that it's ok if things aren't perfect. Sometimes after reassurance he's ok but if he's tired there's no way to talk him out of it. Best to just fix the situation so he can relax. As he gets older and understands more we will be getting him the help he needs to over come OCD. His two daycare teachers have been saying it to me for a while that they love how OCD he is because he's the only child that they can rely on to put things where they belong!!!

Quoting Anonymous: 3 is awfully young for OCD. It usually begins around age 10...

I will say from experience though that indulging in his obsessions is only going to make it worse. Read the book Freeing Your Child From OCD. It has helped me tremendously. There is also a workbook for OCD that is very good but your child might be too young and I don't remember the name right now.
by Silver Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:13 AM
Wow thats young
by AngelaMarie on Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:19 AM
My cousins son does things like that, but he was diagnosed as autistic.
by Anonymous 3 on Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:20 AM
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My ds was like that around that age. He was very particular about the way his room was and how he played and how his toys lined up while playing. He's 8 now and has "outgrown" it. I don't think he was really OCD, just had a lot of OCD-like tendencies.
by Emerald Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:23 AM
I am clinical therapist working with children, he would be awfully young to a carry this diagnosis,
by Silver Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:24 AM
Don't worry it's provably just a phase. My dd was like that. She is 6 years old now and doesn't do stuff like that anymore. My 2 year old ds has started though. I'm not concerned at all.
by Gold Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:27 AM
Yup, dd does a lot of similar things. She even takes the bananas off of the bundle and lies then all facing the same direction.
by on Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:28 AM

My 4 year old has his certain ways of doing things that makes me think he has OCD.  When getting dressed there is an order...and that is the only way it can be done.  NEVER the shirt before the pants, its a screaming fit if you even try the shirt first!

by Silver Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:28 AM
My son was the kid at daycare who would empty every bin out because one toy was in the wrong place. The blocks were all sorted by color, then size. There is a specific routine for everything. He has Autism.
by Sapphire Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:33 AM
Wow I've never heard of it presenting so young. Good luck! You're going to need it
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