Should we seek additional help?
March 28, 2014 8:24 AM Subscribe
My 8 year old is showing some odd behavior - is this a phase, personality, or something that needs professional attention?
posted by H. Roark to Health & Fitness (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Very healthy no issues we know about 8 year old girl. About 4 months ago behavior started to change - to characterize its something like without sufficient details she gets confused. This timeline does coincide with a nasty allergy period in our city. I would not have though anything except that her teacher has twice pulled us aside to remark at the spaced-out nature of the kid, which is very new.
Some specifics, maybe you can connect the dots, if there is anything to connect.
- When reading stories at night we usually have to stop at least once or twice each paragraph to talk about the details, details that usually do not exist. For example the book might say "there was a door with a curved arch", at which point we will need to stop and discuss the material of the door, what is an arch, is the door open or closed, can the character see the door, who is describing the door, can the character open the door, etc. Seems like its very important for her, the author, and me to all have consensus in our mind's eye about what exactly the situation is.
- At school whenever this is the slightest ambiguity about what to do, she asks the teachers. This is what causes the spaced out comments from the teachers. They interpret it as 'we just discussed this' but she sees it as there was some slight variation from what the teacher first said. It should be noted that apparently there is no ambiguity for the other kids (at least they seem to know what to do and don't ask additional questions)
- Some ocd-like behaviors such as needing to watch digital clocks turn the hour, keeping things even, preferring to ride on divisible-by-10 chairlift chair numbers.
Schoolwork, play, social is all fine.
Does this sound like normal developmental stuff? I appreciate the teachers keeping us abreast of their concern, I just have no idea if I'm supposed to do anything.