Hi all! We have been advised that our almost 7 year old has come out "above the threshold for ASD" and has recently had a play assessment for which we are awaiting feedback. The reason we have got this far is due to constant problems at school as well as home and extra curricular groups. He causes low level disruption ALL the time when his brain is not actively engaged in a task. Durng a task he is then hard to coax away and move on to something else. I am so confused as although we are positive something is not quite right he is such a sociable boy. He is very charismatic and likes to be center of attention all the time. He doesnt have any close friends and doesn't understand boundaries which makes him socially awkward. He likes to touch people and often says things that are inappropriate. He doesn't show remorse and only shows concern if something reallt quite bad happens, he also doesnt apologise and honestly doesnt seem to understand why he ever should. He is very bright and it often seems as though his brain is not tired, if that makes sense! Is there anyone else out there with children of similar characteristics? Would be great to speak to others that can offer any advice.
Many Thanks, a concerned and loving Mummy x
Very similar experiences. Start looking into social stories.
Also don't be afraid to ask the paediatric specialist if there is comorbid ADHD.
With a high touch rather than a touch averse kid I would try to get the occupational therapy input prioritised because he's seeking sensory input and may benefit from things like weighted blankets and sensory vests
Hi, my 6 year old sounds similar-ish to your son. Especially the low level disruption aspect! He also likes to be social but struggles to keep up with the social conventions of his friends. His school use social stories with him often and they do have an affect on his behaviour. Twiddle toys and chew buddies helped as well.
Thanks for your reply! We have completed the Connors questionnaire and they said no to ADHD but he defiantly sleeps better with a heavy feather duvet!
That's interesting, has he been diagnosed yet?
I am confused by the "great social skills" description that doesn't really match the socially awkward and no friends parts of your description?
There is another current thread http://community.autism.org.uk/f/introduce-yourself/9474/i-think-my-son-has-asperger-so-advice-appreciated that has a lot of similarities to your son.