Julie - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )
My 8 year old was a premmy baby and his development was delayed slightly. he was a very quiet baby compaired to my eldest and hardly ever cried out for my attention or needed comforting. he's really lagging behind in school and is reading and writting at 5-6 year old level. i have had him tested for adhd but already knew that wasn't the problem. he has strange behaviours for example every day after school he comes home and "prepares" a clear area in the sitting room (clearing away any toys and pushing furniture against the walls ect) then he paces back and forth making shooting noises, he swings his arms about and plays dead, just to jump straight up again and start all over. he gets really embarrased if i ask him what he's playing and if i ask him to stop he will simply go upstairs and continue. the school have confirmed he does it in the play ground too and he has started making the noises while we are out. He has trouble with communication and even though he seems well liked he comes across as being very aloof and at times a bit rude as he doesn't seem to care about other peoples feelings. i have booked him in for a test for an ASD but the trouble is he seems like any other 8 year old half the time and i'm sure the doctors are going to think i'm over reacting. is this an Autisum thing or am i just reading too much into it? i hate compairing my children and i love them all equally but he seems so different to the others.