My son is 4 and likely has SPD. I have another thread going on just general advice because we have Not had full evaluations yet, much less met with an OT. I've bought a number of books and am reading everything I can find...
But one thing that keeps popping up in my mind with him is his constant hugging/Kissing.
Don't get me wrong, I Love hugs! Who doesn't! I'm a single mom and this is my only child, We hug and kiss A Lot. And I'm SO thankful that my son Wants to hug & kiss.
The past year it has taken on a life of it's own though... we have to hold hands while he's in the cart at the grocery store, and he will just Grab my head and kiss me 10 times while we're in the check-out line. It's almost as if when he gets agitated or anxious, instead of tantruming or complaining, he kisses.
And at those times, it's forceful, it's on the mouth, it's 10 times, it's all over your face and body and everywhere. People notice and most people say, "oh how sweet" (and it is! It really is!), but....
We were out to dinner with a couple very much like Grandparents, and he was All Over this man. So much that he couldn't eat. Kissing his hands, kissing his ears, grabbing his head and kissing his scalp. The Entire meal.
- which is the first time I've ever seen him do this to someone other than me.
At home when it's just us, is normally contained to the snuggly wonderful, 20 kisses before bed. And So many kisses in the morning that you question whether or not you're actually Making out with your child. Sometimes it makes even me feel a little weird.
It's only really forceful and everywhere when he's being shy with a new stranger, or when I pick him up from school, or somewhere else out in public that he's unsure on how to act.
So... just curious on ideas on this. Last thing I want to do is discourage love and hugs, you know?
But it's getting to the point where it's almost needed to explain appropriate Times to kiss; something along the lines of Personal space, or other things he can do - while in public - instead of kissing me (and others).
It's a very confusing thing to have a struggle with!