Re: Concerned for my son
I would have my son evaluated. He needs to be seen by a developmental PED, or child Psycholigist. Even it this is not Aspergers which is typically caught at the school age level, he might be on the spectrum. PDD, or PDD-nos comes to mind.
Your parents just might not know about autism , so try not to get too upset about their comments. He does not sound spoiled... He soes in my opinion, have a lot of autistic like behaviors. But, young enough to still not certain how to make friends just yet. At 3 yrs old a lot of young children are not sure how to make friends, and play side by side each other. Kids are cruel, they do and can make other children feel badly, especially at a park . That would upset any child. At least he is trying to interact. Very young children with autism do not even try. If he talked early though, and does focis on certain topics that only intersets him , and it is hard to get him to talk about anything else , that is a red flag. It is great that his speech is goos and not delayed, which points to anther thing> In autism the speech is either not there, or it is babbling or echoalic.
Try to have your son exposed to a lot of social situations. Where he can gain more experiences around other kids. It does seem like he needs help in this area.
It does not hurt to have him ecaluated just to make sure he is on the right developmental track. Being just 3 yrs old, and your already noticing these differences is good. That means you are a attentive parent.
My son has autism, he is verbal. At the age of 3 all he did was repeat a few words he heard that someone said to him. His speech was not normal, until age 5So I am not sure if a specialist would place a label on such a young child , of asperger's. But, autism is a spectrum disorder so he still could fall within the spectrum somewhere.
Take him in to be evaluated by a specialist, that way early intervention can start , and help teach your child , so making school and social interactions easier for him.