Hi everyone, I just found this forum! My son is gifted. We knew it when he was reading his father's newspaper at 2 years old. Now, at 5 and a half, he's reading at about a 5th-grade-level, loves science and is working his way through pre-algebra (math is his favorite subject). I'm sure all of you know how it is. He keeps us on our toes! He's a very happy and well-adjusted little boy. He has many friends at school (a private school which fits his learning needs well), loves imaginative play and Legos and our home life is happy. My husband and I have been together since high school and truly have a wonderful relationship (21 years together now) and Nicholas is an only child - so no sibling rivalry or anything. I just wanted to give you all some background.
In the last 6 months or so, Nicholas has become obsessed with time. He asks about it constantly. Then it began interrupting his sleep. In the last 4 months, since around October, he's been waking a few times at night, specifically to check the time. He's worried he'll be late for school or late for breakfast, or even late for an afternoon birthday party he attended a few weeks ago. Nicholas has always hummed, since he was a baby. He's very musical and plays piano and violin. I woke up that first night because I heard him humming. He was curled up on the floor beside out bed, on my side, with his pillow and blanket...humming. I asked him why he wasn't in his room and he said, completely nonchalantly, "I can't sleep because I keep wondering what time it is. I don't want to be late for school." I brought him back to his bed and after reassuring him that everything was okay and he wouldn't be late for school, he went to sleep. I even slept on the floor in his room for a few nights. He'll be fine for about two or three night and then it will start up again. I find him on the floor beside our bed constantly at 2am or 3am usually, at least 5 out of 7 nights a week, weekends included. His teacher also informed us that he's concerned about the time all day long, worried he'll be late for reading time, or eating lunch, late getting outside to be picked up in the afternoon, etc. He has a nanny who has been with him since he was 9 months old, when I returned to work. She only has him 2.5 hours in the afternoons after school. She told us the same thing. He asks her what time it is constantly.
We've purposely not made it "an issue" with him. But I've talked to his pediatrician five or six times and he's been in therapy now for about six weeks. (not helping). The sleep issue isn't getting any better and now he seems to be slightly worse. A "clean hands" thing started about two weeks ago, constant hand-washing (if we allow it). I'm resisting medicating him, but am worried this could turn into a full-on OCD. I'm REALLY interested to see if any of you have been through anything similar with a gifted child. I keep thinking it's a phase, but frankly I'm dealing with severe sleep deprivation now. My husband and I are both very driven people, successful in our careers, but neither of us had any issues like this as children. Neither of us are compulsive about anything, so this is all new to me.
Thank you! I would appreciated any feedback. Have a wonderful week everyone. :-)