My son is 4 years old. I think he may have Aspergers. These are the reasons why:
He loves his videos. He'll watch Bagpuss over and over again for a whole week, then go on to a different one the next week, but it's always the same video for at least a week straight.
He speaks in "movie-talk," as in the majority of what he says to me and others is all a mish-mash of what he's seen on television/video/dvd. No one has a clue what he's talking about except his father and I (and sometimes even I have to ask what he's on about). He "acts out" his movies as well. A lot.
He loves his trains. He can name every character from Thomas The Tank Engine, just by looking at a silhouette (sp?) of them and he's always correct!
When I asked him if when he hits Mommy, does it make me sad or happy, he said happy. Although that being said, he tells me he loves me all the time and is really cuddly.
He doesn't like the noise from the other kids in his classroom. He sticks his hands over his ears and yells "too loud, too loud." He doesn't seem to like the television or computer speakers too loud either. I can barely hear them when he's utilising them, and when I tell him to turn up the volume, he refuses.
At 4, he's already a whiz at the computer. He can surf his favorites, knows how to drag and drop, double click, open a link, etc.
He can count to 60 on his own, and when he looks at the numbers can count to 100. He's also able to tell you immediately how many bowling pins have been knocked down without counting and he's always correct.
He doesn't understand "personal space." He loves other children but often ends up scaring them or unintentionally hurting them by hugging to hard or kissing them. He doesn't understand about asking first, or why he should do it and as soon as he learns a child's name, he say's they're his friend straight away.
When he get's really upset, he hits himself in the head with either open hands or balled fists. That's really distressing for me.
There's more I know, but I can't think of it all. Not loads more, but a bit. From what I've read on the internet, it sounds like Aspergers, but does it to you experienced people?
Thanks in advance for your input. Any advice is helpful.
By the way, he's got a doctor's appointment in November for assessment on something else. Before I mention that I think he has Aspergers, I wanted to be sure so the doctor didn't think I was silly.