How to help a 7 year old with OCD (or OCD-like) problems?
December 10, 2010 3:50 PM Subscribe
How do I help my super creative/smart son balance his imagination with the task at hand?
My son is 7 and exhibits some of the old family OCD. Specifically he has problems focusing because the narrative in his head takes over. The narrative might be a show he saw, a video game he played, or more often just a story he makes up.
Anyway...it's pretty clear he's having the same kind of glitch that all we OCD folk suffer from. At this point it's more of an annoyance to his teacher than anything else, but, given enough time, it could become something bad. He is aware of the issue, and is able to describe in remarkably meta-detail the process of thinking about his thought processes.
So how do I teach him how to turn that narrative off and save it for later?
We've restricted TV/games to the weekends only. But, for example, I made the mistake of showing him Minecraft six weeks ago, and he STILL talks about it, inventing complex narratives about how we could construct a catapult to launch zombies to kill approaching creepers.
He's far, far above grade level on all levels (and in a GT program) and very well adjusted and happy, and obviously I don't want to hurt the creativity, just want to give him some tools (cognitive / behavioral?) too help him belay that fantastic imagination until it's the right time.