Just curious if any of you have seen this in your kids with aspergers, or if these behaviors sound familiar at all...I'm trying to figure this out.
My 9 yo recently was dx with aspergers, he also has developmental delays, lots of trouble with writing, slow processing. He gets tons of support at school. He is also very creative, has all kinds of different ideas, and basically just thinks differently than other people.
I am noticing that more and more he does things that just don't make sense. Such as, he wants a snack- so rather than grabbing one of the numerous snacks or prepared foods in the kitchen, he'll do something like get a whole pineapple, a tiny plastic baby bowl, and a plastic butter knife, and saw away at it (unsuccessfully) forever, until I point this out and either get him the appropriate tools or do it for him.
Or, I noticed this esp. at Christmas, when opening boxes and packages, rather than simply opening the top or the obvious openings, he'll get a pair of dull kiddie scissors and hack away at the middle of the box for ages and tear the thing to shreds. (he has easy access to scissors and knows how to use them!) Again, until I say, why don't you simply open the top of the box and look in?
Or when he needs a drink, he won't use the cups I put out in reach, he'll run around the house searching for a stepstool, and ransack the cabinets for a drinking vessel, and come up with something bizarre to drink from, or instead of a plate (again, in easy reach) he'll get a tiny plastic lid that doesn't at all match the food he's trying to eat.
Or, maybe in a positive light, often when we are doing math, he'll come up with the answer, and think of a totally different way of reaching the correct result than I ever would have thought of.
What would you call this? Poor motor planning? Or some psychological thing? Or just a quirky kid doing things his own way? And yes, we have been seeing a developmental/behavioral ped. but our dr. just left the practice and we haven't found a new one, so I don't really have an upcoming appointment to ask about this.
His IEP meeting is next week, so I thought I'd bring it up then and see if this would fit under any of the therapies. I don't know if things like this would be helped by OT, some aspect of speech therapy (which he already gets), special ed, psychological counseling??