Fast forward and despite the fact that the developmental ped who tends to over diagnose told us he does not think he's on the spectrum shortly after his second birthday, I am having some serious doubts. He's an altogether quirky kiddo. He absolutely loves people. He loves to be the center of attention, talks nonstop, loves to tease and engage people and is extremely extroverted. However, he is forever telling people story after story about things that are odd...like obsessively talking about vacuum cleaners or asking if they remember when something happened very obscure and meaningless and things that that person would not remember because they were not present. He will sometimes tell the same story 10 times in a row to the same person and then repeat it to the next person we see in similar fashion. He has had a two year long obsession with being a puppy. Left unchecked, he could do this for 10 hours a day, no joke. Newer obsession is the vacuum. Will turn every toy into a vacuum and do this for hours a day as well. Golf club bag: vacuum. Grill basket: vacuum. Metal pole: vacuum. Remote control car: robot vacuum (roomba). And then of course there is the real vacuum which he tantrums over not getting to use and when given the chance will use as long as we allow. No doubt he could use it for hours. He just has some odd interests/obsessions and repetitive behaviors that have me wondering. He interacts much better with adults and older kids than peers....probably because they're more willing to indulge his desire to have these repetitive conversations.
Anyhow, any feedback would be appreciated. When I bring up an ASD friends and family look at me like I'm crazy and have said as much. Therapists just pretty much shrug their shoulders like they're totally baffled by him and doctors give me different opinions. I will add that part of what sparked this post is his new ped (not dev ped) asked me today at his well child exam if an ASD had been ruled out. It had been on my mind anyhow but it just confirmed in my mind that something is up and I'd like to find out what so we can better help him. Tia!