Is there anyone else out there who has had people come up and ask if your child has been diagnosed with something because they are very passionate about a variety of hobbies? I am getting quite tired of it. I have a HG child who has a myriad of hobbies that he is very passionate about - he knows quite a bit about all of his hobbies and enjoys spending time with others sharing about them....I guess our problem is that these are not typical "kid" hobbies - he is HUGE into rock collecting, Coin collecting, Birding, amongst a slew of other things. He has always been very social, has never fit into any category of autism/aspergers - he is just very smart and wants to learn about things to the nth degree....and people seem to think there is something wrong with him because of it.
I had a lady today at a local birding festival come up to me...my son has been an avid birder for a year now and has spent a LOT of time reading and exploring about birds - he just loves birding....so he is able to share a ton of information, identify birds, you name it...so she comes out and asks me if my son has Aspergers because he knows so much about birds - HUH? Then a few weeks ago, I had a fellow homeschooling mom come up and talk with me and ask, "so, what is his diagnosis"? WHAT? She said, he knows so much about trains and is able to share so much detailed information about trains, I was wondering if he was on the spectrum. So what, if a child is super duper bright, is homeschooled and has a ton of interests/hobbies that he is passionate about, he is automatically on the spectrum??? He has no problem talking with others, he has formed several friendships but all with children at least 3 years older than him - he said he gets annoyed sometimes with kids his age because they don't like a lot of the things he is into. But he forms close bonds with his friends, carries on a great relationship with them - he can be socially awkward when he is around kids his age but put him in a group of kids 2-3 years older and he fits in just like a pea in a pod. We got tired of people asking what was "up" with him so we actually went to a specialist who told us he is no where near the spectrum and that he is just a wicked smart kid who is quirky because he sees things differently than most kids his age and people don't know how to handle that other than with thinking there is something wrong with him.
Was just curious if there were others out there dealing with the same thing - I am getting quite annoyed with replying - no, my child has no "diagnosis", he is just extremely smart.