My son, Wolfie turned 3 in February. He is a loving, gentle little soul.. he's funny, imaginative, creative.. loves to paint and colour, and loves to interact with other children and animals. He knows his ABC's, his colours and can count to 5.. he also knows all of his Thomas the Engine characters and what "tenders" go with what engines, even when they're the same colour.
Ok.. so here is my concern...
5-6 times a day he holds his hands over his ears. Most times he's not upset by anything.. meaning, he's not crying or acting as if he's in pain.. he just holds his hands over his ears. So that's the daytime.. nighttime can be a bit different. Once or twice a week, he will wake me up, sometimes crying and upset about something, sometimes not though.. with his hands over his ears. I've since learned to just let him crawl in my bed. During these nighttime episodes, he doens't really want any sort of physical contact. He doesn't freak out or anything, just kind of brushes me off. During the day, he doesn't seem to care, and will continue to do whatever it was he was doing.. minus using his hands for a bit.
He will also hum. He hums at other times too.. when he's colouring for example, like he's just concentrating.
He makes eye contact, he shows affection, he seeks out other kids, adults.. he's not shy at all, and is actually quite friendly with other adults.. he can be aloof with them at times, when he's tired, bored, etc.. but usually he's pretty cheerful and chatty.
He's not talking very well yet... He can say a few words (Bye, Milk, Juice..etc..), but mostly just one word. He will say, "Bye bye see you soon!" But that's the most he says at one time. He can make himself understood though by taking my hand and leading me to the object he wants.. or just repeating until "I" understand what he's saying.
There are a few other things that concern me.. He doesn't seem to understand the concept of "listening.." har, har har.. what kid does, I know, I know.. but it's different than just him not "wanting" to listen. I can say to him, "Wolfie go get a book and we'll have a story.." and he just keeps doing whatever it is he's doing. He has about a 2 minute attention span, even for things he enjoys doing.
Ugh... sorry for that ramble, I hope I made sense, lol...
I have an appointment with a Pediatrician in 6 months time.. (ridiculously long wait times in Canada!), but I would like to hear what y'all have to say.. At first I thought Autism.. but then, some of his behaviours completely contradict it.. could he have sensitivities? Or is he just a more independent kid? I appreciate any dialogue.. I am so confused!