Totally, totally confused.
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|Sat, 07-26-2003 - 2:29pm|
Liam will start playing with his friends, but after a while, he will want to play alone. Especially if it is loud or noisy. He can play for hours with a couple of kids, but any more and he needs to go inside. Oh, I forgot. This usually only happens outside. If they come inside, he's fine with that. Also, he doesn't mind playing what they want to play. He is very go with the flow.
Yesterday we had about five kids and three mommies over to swim in the pool. He played hard for one hour, then retreated inside to watch TV. (He likes it a bit loud). I went inside and asked him why he didn't want to play, and he said it was too loud. I didn't 'get it", so I made him go back outside. He grabbed a towel, wrapped it around his head and crawled under a chair. The other kids started laughing at him, and he just cried. I let him go inside at that point. Then the kids all went inside to play. He was over the hurt feelings, and he played just fine.
My friends left, and my husband came home, so I went and got Tony Attwoods book from Barnes and Noble *Aspergers Syndrome* I just finished it. Either I am a total ostrich, or I completely don't know my son at all, or the principal just doesn't know what she is talking about! I could identify with this statement:
"Lack of desire to interact with peers" and "The child does not see themselves as a member of a group and follows their own interest ...on the playground..." Even under the auditory stuff, most of it didn't ring true. I can see this making sense; "...problems focusing on one persons voice while other people are talking... But isn't that the CAPD? He loves to go shopping. Except to Home Depot or Lowe's. Except when they have the classes for kids. He loves that. Otherwise, he'd rather not as they don't have toys. I think that is quite an appropriate response for a six year old!
He has no narrow interests. No repetitive routines, no problems with his speech and language. I take that back, he is a little melodic in speaking. But that runs in my family, so he could have peculiar voice characteristics. No non verbal communication problems, and he isn't clumsy at all. He loves to climb trees and playground equipment.
Could he still have this, am I crazy, or is there a better book?