Re: Reality vs Fantasy in 8 yr old
This seems to be fairly common in children with AD/HD. Some who feel that AD/HD is part of the autistic spectrum have described this as a special kind of "impairment of imagination", namely the inability to separate imagination and reality.
Jacqui Jackson describes this very well in her book "Multicoloured Mayhem", in which she describes bringing up 3 "normal" girls as well as 4 boys who all have some autism spectrum disorder. Her second-youngest son Joe has AD/HD and has a VERY vivid imagination.
One of the examples she provides involves Joe sleeping over at a friends' house for the first time - he sneaks out into the shed, sees a variety of objects (first aid posters, tools, rust) in there and when he comes back inside, he tells tales of finding a gun, reading instructions onhow to strangle a child and so on. By the next morning, he is convinced that he has witnessed a murder.
25, female, AS with attentional dysfunction
Last edited by Redhead23; 02-04-2004 at 04:23 AM.