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Old 04-26-2006, 08:15 AM   #5
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Re: OCD kids

OK, back now. Some of Thomas' behavior is hard to differentiate, he is 2 years old and they can act eccentric at times but much of his behavior has been around since before then, also he has some sensory issues tha get thrown in the mix.
HIs behaviors, well he is a book lover, however all books must go in order, never skipping any page, he even thinks at times he is skipping a page when he isnt and tries to rip the single page apart. When his therapist tries to work with him on skipping or going out of order he was messed up and crying for that book for two weeks (we will never own 10 little ladybugs
Alphabet magnets must always be line dup on the refirdgerator
He has the leap frog alphabet bus and once he starts with A he cannot leave it, he must finish alphabet, we put him to bed once part way through and he needed to finish pushing the buttons in order to fall asleep.
Same thing happened with reading a banner in his room, we did all but one word and he could not fall asleep until I went back and spelt out the last word for him, he was asleep in 5 minutes.
He has to recite alphabet correctly, or say line to a song, etc he knows, if not he starts saying upsettedly no no no and then needs help to calm down and say it again.
Wow this sounds just like I have a child I give into a lot, but if you actually saw the behavbior and how he acts it would be more obvious. Basically he needs order and things done 'correctly'. There is no, well thats good enough hes only 2, he wants/needs to be perfect (this is only in areas he knows) His therapist's tactic lately is to try and get him used to disorder, such as the book incident above, yesterday we went into the kitchen room to practice with utensils and she messed up all the abc magnets and didnt let him fix them until after he he finished his therapy for day.
I understand neatness and order are a good thing for kids, but at his age he should be I guess more flexible.
He also has cases where he has to repeat something over and over to himself when he doesnt get it right the first time too.

Heidi ~ Catholic loving wife to Tom and mama to my thomas, david, annemarie, adelaide and a new one coming this October, always remembering our 3 angels
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