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#31 of 31 Old 03-09-2011, 06:18 PM
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While I can't totally identify with your post, my dd was pretty anti-social until past two.  It was more like three that she began to open up, and even then, not much.  Now, at almost six, I can't keep her quiet.  She LOVES being in new places with new people.  Her interactions are still a little different socially, but she is more than okay academically.  Easily two or more years ahead.  When I read checklists about Asperger's, I can find quite a few that fit her. 


But, the real question is what would I do with a diagnosis of any sort?  The answer at this point is nothing.  So, I don't bother reading or worrying, or the like.  We just treat her like her, and try to give her extra help understanding social situations.  We've talked with her about how she sees things differently, and that she has to work extra hard to communicate.  We've talked about how that will make her an extra good communicator when she is a grown-up, because most people don't get the chance to practice so much.


I guess what I'm trying to say is that two is still pretty little, and maybe he just needs a bit more time.  He seems plenty on track, which is like dd, and she eventually mostly grew out of it.  (At two, she would spin in circles for 10-15 minutes at a time, not getting dizzy at all, repeating the same thing over and over and over again.  She would tell the exact thing, verbatim, to 6 or 7 people in a row...I'm talking about a paragraph worth of material.  She would say something over and over to me, regardless of my answer.  She wouldn't talk to hardly any other grownups and was always super serious.  She mostly wanted held, or to nurse, in new situations.  Just to give you an idea of where I am coming from.)

"If you keep doing the same things you've always done, you'll keep getting the same results you've always gotten."

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