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Old 04-23-2007, 09:45 AM   #1
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Normal Behavior for a 19 month old??

My daughter is a talkaholic, literally, she talks constantly and counts everything 1-13. I'm thrilled of course but lately have been noticing something that concerns me...she lines everything up in a perfect straight line - her farm animal puzzle pieces, her meatballs in her speghetti, water bottles...everything, and counts them...she even counts in her sleep...

Is this something I should be concerned about? It's seems a bit OCD, and I've never seen a 1 and a half year old do this

Please put my mind at ease and tell me its nothing to worry about

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Old 04-23-2007, 11:35 AM   #2
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Re: Normal Behavior for a 19 month old??

Here is a good link about OCD if your really worried about it ... I think she is too young though.
http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/emo...avior/OCD.html

I was worried about my older DD for awhile but I decided she wasnt compulsive, just a perfectionist.
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Re: Normal Behavior for a 19 month old??

My son used to do this constantly, all day long. He lined up his toys, his little cars, his food, etc. I asked my ped. about it and he said, kids this age exhibit their control in little ways like this. They line up their toys to be in control of their toys. They count them to make sure they're all there. It's normal, he will stop doing it when he has a better vocabulary. And he did.
I was concerned, as you are - because I had 3 girls who never did this. But, every child is an individual - so it concerned me. My son stopped doing it at around age 3.
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:56 AM   #4
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Re: Normal Behavior for a 19 month old??

I would think this is normal. Kids will repeat something new over and over and over. It's just her way of 'practicing' her skills. My youngest has recently learned how to actually run....so he runs from one end of the house to the other, back and forth, all day long. It's annoying, and I tell him constantly not to run in the house...but he now runs everywhere he goes. My oldest has a thing for colors...he has to say out loud what color everything is.

Oh, and they both used to spin in circles until they fell down. Never understood that one, but thankfully they stopped.
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Re: Normal Behavior for a 19 month old??

My 8 year old DD was like that. To this day, she is mathematically inclined. She is just very good at counting, patterns, and organization.

Your DD sounds fine to me!

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Re: Normal Behavior for a 19 month old??

My thoughts on stuff like that are. I’m know it’s with in the norm but I mention it at the next normal visit to the Pedi. It’s worth a note in the chart so if at a latter time anything pops up the Pedi has a full history.

Kind of like how often and when I give DS a Breathing treatment of Albuteral. My Pedi trusts me (I also have asthma) and does not want me running in to him every time, especially if we easily get his breathing under control. But he likes to keep notes of how often and when DS needs it. He’ll probably outgrow it but if he doesn’t this gives us a more accurate history and helps chart his triggers.

If down the rode your DD shows other signs of OCD or even a learning disorder this info may be valuable and you may forget about it because it is with in the norm. I let our Pedi know about all developmental makers and accomplishments.
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Re: Normal Behavior for a 19 month old??

My 5yo did/does this. In fact when she was being tested by EI at age 2 she refused to participate in what they wanted her to until she had everything lined up the way she wanted them to. Then she'd sit and listen. She still does it to a point, not as ocd as before but she definitly still does.

She was also a runner once she first did that. She still prefers to run.

She does have some Sensory Integration issues and they're both things she does as a way of processing the world around her. They're not her only SI things though.
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Re: Normal Behavior for a 19 month old??

At 19mos, I think its perfectly normal. LIke some other mamas said, its their way of exerting control over their environment, their "stuff", learning how to organize, patterning & counting.
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Thanks! That helps me feel better!

As I type I can hear her counting her fingers lol, she's supposed to be napping. Her being my first, I get freaked out over everything - first it was her growling, then her humming and now her lining everything and counting. At the moment, I do not have a pedi for dd, we are on a waiting list for the only one in town who will take non/selective/delay vax'd kids. But I do have an appt for her specialist next month, I'll talk to her about it then. Thanks again!
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