normal behavior ?!?

Gina - posted on 08/08/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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my son is almost 2 and i've recently noticed that he's been stacking and lining every toy in order (for example he will line a row of cars and if u mess them up its the end of the world)... its kinda creepy but i was just wondering if anyone child also does this ? in my head it makes me think of autism but he has no signs of it except this (if it is a sign of autism) any insight would be nice thanks again !

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Completely normal for his age. I would only be concerned if he is still obsessively doing it a year from now. And the reaction to them getting messed up? Normal. He's in control of lining those cars or what ever up. Someone else touching them is just the end of the world when you are trying to assert control over something.
I looked after a two year old who spent a couple of months taking all the books off her shelf and putting them back on for fun.
Some children do this more then others and it begins around 18 months to 3 years of age. It's just them starting to categorize.
Ordering things is not a sign of autism, it can be seen in children with autism but it is not a sign for autism. You would be seeing a whole lot of other odd behaviours/extreme behaviours.

Krista - posted on 08/08/2011

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This is VERY normal behaviour for a toddler. They have so little control over their world that it comforts them to be able to impose order upon their possessions. I wouldn't worry about it, unless there are other behaviours taking place that concern you.

Jenni - posted on 08/09/2011

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Yup, at 2 years old my son was OBSESSED with lining his cars up, perfectly. He was very meticulous about it.

He's 3 now and hasn't done it in a long time. He went from doing it multiple times a day to not at all. Guess he got bored of it.

Ange - posted on 08/12/2011

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This is so NOT a sign of OCD!! Come on guys, why are you trying to freak this mother out? Do you know how extremely rare it would be for a baby to show signs of OCD!! Most children who go on to meet criteria for a diagnosis initially showed separation anxiety, not full blow OCD as a toddler. This behaviour is completely normal, as the other mother said - they are just imposing order on their world. Now, if your child continues to only ever sort and stack toys, and spends all of his time setting up train tracks and organizing block but never actually playing with the trains on the tracks, or building with the blocks, then maybe you are starting to see some atypical play skills. But for now, your child is acting completely according to his developmental stage! Take your child to your doctor if you feel he is showing other signs, such as language delay, abnormal/lack of eye contact, extreme reactions to change, interest in atypical objects, sensory sensitivities, etc. Not just one of these things, but a combination of them. All children show these behaviours to a certain degree. Hope this helps.

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Katharine - posted on 08/12/2011

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My 3 year old does it too, he likes to line everythingup in order and keeps his toys tidy as well. It is normal.

Kimmy - posted on 08/12/2011

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My son does that too. My mom said that my brother and my cousin did it to. I think it is just a boy thing. I don't think its anything to worry about.

Nikki - posted on 08/12/2011

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yes-it is totally normal! both of my boys went through this stage for awhile! In fact, my youngest would literally throw himself down screaming and crying if you moved the red train out of the line he had put it in. :)

Michelle - posted on 08/12/2011

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If that's the worst your 2 year old does, think yourself lucky. Probably just his thing but if things keep building up & other things happen talk to your doctor or health visitor and try not towork yourself up!

Lori - posted on 08/12/2011

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It can be a sign of autism... or a sign of a 2 year old boy!!! Don't worry... Probably he'll just be an engineer when he grows up! Look at a list of autism signs and keep your eyes out for them, but most likley he is just being a normal boy.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/09/2011

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My sons favorite thing to do was have all his clean cloths on top of his toy chest. He had me sit about 3 ft away, take all his cloths off, put them on the floor, put them BACK onto the toy chest, walk a circle around me, and do it all again.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/09/2011

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Both of my kids have done this. With my first, i was also concerned about OCD or something. Nope, it is normal. Just let him practice.

Stifler's - posted on 08/09/2011

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I still line things up in height order and stuff and hate when anyone messes it up and I don't have any disorders of any kind.

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Id say ocd also. My mom is like that with her things... when we were growing up we would go into her room and move things that we thought she wouldnt notice and she would freak out and put it all back in its place. None of my kids do this so I dont think its normal but I dont know your kid :)

Stifler's - posted on 08/08/2011

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It's the same concept as when they build a tower and you knock it down.

Wendy - posted on 08/08/2011

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could be he just likes order...my older daughter is very orderly always has been...if no other signs i would not worry just keep your eyes open...

Belinda - posted on 08/08/2011

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At this age it is a normal behavior, many children, but not all, do this. I wouldn't worry about Autism because of this. However if you continue to worry about this behaviour check with your doctor.

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