4.5 year old showing signs of impulsivity lately. warning sign??
I posted this on the preschoolers board too...
My 4.5 year old daughter (born in August) has always been an outgoing child. She has always been ahead with all her milestones--speech (diction is amazing and no one has ever had a problem understanding her), her vocabulary is extensive, picks up on new things quickly, very creative with arts and crafts, etc. She is in a montessori preschool now and will attend a montessori kindergarten next year.
We've always been told she was bright and enthusiastic about school, enjoyed all her classes and activities and never have had a problem with behavior. Her school conference in the fall was fantastic--nothing bad to report at all. In fact her teacher recommended that we have her tested for giftedness because she seemed to be quickly outgrowing their curriculum. I did and she tested as high as she possibly could on the test administered.
Lately (with the exception of dance) we seem to be getting reports from a couple of teachers that she is exhibiting some impulsive behavior (getting in people's personal space like touching hair or hugging, not listening or deliberately doing something different from what the teacher explained), sometimes it's born out of excitement because she knows what's coming next and can't wait, most often it seems to be for attention seeking. I have seen similar behavior at home and when I see it it tends to be more mischevious, like "look at me and what I'm doing!!" kind of behavior---like she knows she probably shouldn't do it but is doing it anyway or it develops out of shear boredom. When I engage her in an activity or a game she is fine. She can sit still and can spend hours coloring or on an art project, playing with her barbies or sitting on the couch but then can run around like crazy person on the playground.
How much of this is normal development for this age and how much is indicative of a larger behavioral issue? I don't want to say she has ADD or anything but.... any insight you could offer would appreciated. thanks.