DS, 5.5, having trouble listening....
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|Tue, 05-20-2003 - 2:55pm|
I have a problem that I need some serious help with. Our DS is having a very hard time listening to people. At first I let it just go as a simple 5 y/o thing, but I think there is something more going on and I just don't know what to do anymore. I'm at my wits end!
Let me give some examples:
We signed him up for pee wee flag football in our community. While the rest of the boys on his team follow instructions well from their coaches and really do a nice job playing the game, our DS is usually standing in the group, but he has no idea what's going on. His eyes are watching everything else around him, his ears are not listening to his coaches and he usually sits down or picks grass or jumps/runs/hops in place. It's like he has so many other better things to do!
At pre-school, his teacher has told me that he does just fine with diretions and can sit and listen without a problem. I'm not actually worried about him at school. I've even observed him there without him knowing and while he doesn't always participate in songs or things, he is listening and watching the teacher.
At home, we'll ask him to do things and he says NO and then walks away to do other things. We've tried to be patient with him and we've often repeated ourselves silly in order for him to understand that there is no other alternative, but it usually ends in a fight. When DS is engrossed in something like coloring or playing Legos or watching TV, he can't hear anything else going on around him. You literally have to either stand in front of him (to which he yells at us) or touch him to let him know you're talking. We have NO problem with doing that, but I think this just all ties in together.
My DH seems to be having the hardest time with this since he has a shorter fuse than I do and it gets very tiresome to hear the same arguments over and over and over again. DH gets so angry with DS for not listening and following simple instructions.
I just wonder if there is something other than regular 5 y/o stuff going on here. Anyone have some clues?