I was planning on starting ds in preschool (only about 3-4 hours a day), 2 or 3 days a week in the fall. He'll be around 2 1/2 then. My concern is that ds seems very different from other kids. He talks a lot but no one can understand him except family members. He is very loving and hands on and likes to hug and kiss any kids he is around. He also has a very fiesty temper and is very strong and much bigger than other kids his age. He will hit, pinch, headbutt, and scream his head off when he gets upset and it doesn't take much to upset him if he doesn't get his way. He barely has any social interaction with kids, he has one cousin who comes to play occassionaly and one family friend who's 3 who comes over once in a blue moon, but mostly he just interacts with older family members. I'm worried that if I don't get him in preschool soon, it will just be harder when he does start. But I also worry that if I do start him at 2 1/2 he will get traumatized by the other kids being mean to him or I'm worried that he'll bulldoze a kid and get yelled at or have his arm yanked or something by a teacher who is just fed up. I worked in daycare with 2-3 year olds and I have only ever seen one other kid have tantrums as intense as ds's and that poor kid was always getting yelled at (not by me). I don't want ds to be labeled a "problem child" or a brat. But I do want him to learn the "rules" of social interaction. He will be going to public school when he's 5 so I just want to get him acclimated. What would you do? Start him at 2 1/2, 3, or just wait til pre-k?