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
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.
Apologies it's hard to explain. He will talk to anyone, anytime, has great eye contact, loves telling jokes. His social awkwardness (as I described it) is because he says things that are inappropriate for a nearly 7 year old and he will touch people he doesn't know when speaking to them. He doesn't understand boundaries so he is extremely full on. I said he doesn't have any close friends by this I mean he has lots of "friends" but is not particularly attached to any friends so wouldn't think to suggest a play date for example.
I have good social skills but have no close friends and I’m socially awkward. I say inappropriate things, I don’t like being one on one with someone but can be like quite the socialite around a group of people but I hate it when any of these people I have been getting on with want to be my friend. I want to hit them with a shovel or something and I never want to talk to them again. I also like touching certain things and sleep better with heavy blankets.