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|Mon, 05-17-2010 - 2:15pm|
My DS is 14 with a PDD-NOS dx. I'm just curious if anyone else has a child of similar age that is still interested in things from toddlerhood like Thomas the Tank and Toy Story. He still enjoys the TV shows aimed at preschoolers like Fireman Sam (even Teletubbies sometimes)and watches them exclusively when given a choice. DH and I worry he will never outgrow these things. Most of his toys are at this level too. Currently he is into Mr. Potato Head.
We have never been able to get him to make friends because of his strong resistance to social situations (which is also a problem or perhaps part of the problem?). We have never forced the issue of joining a sports team or attending music/art classes. We attempted them all but gave up when met with such resistance. When he doesn't want to be somewhere it is obvious to all around him!
I understand that this is his comfort zone but when or should we force the issue of giving these things up? He is currently very depressed and refusing to go to school. I think he is lonely but he doesn't see it that way, saying he has friends and knows how to make them. He does not.
I know this age is hard on all kids and expected it would be harder for DS but...
Any feedback is appreciated. Especially from parents with older kids. We need to know what to expect.