It may be hard to believe in these times but I have a seven year old son with significant learning disibilities and some odd behaviors that remains undiagnosed. At the moment he is on his second round of grade one (we were told by his class room teacher and special ed teacher last year that by this time this year he should be caught right up with the program that the rest of his class is following), he was just reevaluated again a couple of weeks ago. They sadly told us that they were unfortunately wrong. Instead he is barely progressing at all. They informed us that they feel that he may be able to read enough some day just to get by in life but perhaps not much beyond that.
When our boy was younger he was very antisocial, fearing everyone unfamiliar and refusing hugs and kisses even from family. I was about the only person that could hug him. Thinking back to when he was a baby he was also the most unsettles of all of my boys. At only about three months old I would have to continuously keep him moving from place to place in the house. I would hold him for a while, switch him to the swing, put him on the floor with toys dangling above, prop him up in an excersaucer ect. This routine would continue all day. He would be bored of a spot in less than 20 minutes and would then begin to scream horribly. At a slightly older age I would have the worst time trying to get a smiling picture of him. He would flat out refuse to smile, struggling to get away from the camera. I have learned now that if I can catch him off guard playing with his brothers I can finally get a picture of him smiling as he plays.
As he ages he is getting a bit better about his contact with others. He hugs the familiar people in his life quite willingly but aunts, uncles, friends are all still out.
He has an absolute love of boxes, collecting as many as he can. When we go to the grocery store (we go to the box your own groceries type of store), he heads straight for the boxes picking out just the perfect ones. He will sit on the floor of the store piecing them all together to make sure he can create what he has in his mind when we return home.
He loves to build things, constantly rummaging through the recycling box and all of the drawers in my kitchen searching for the supplies that he needs for his latest creation.
Events such as hair cuts and trimming nails/fingernails are muderous events for him (and me - I do both things for him). The moment I begin to trim his nails begins to scream like I am trying to kill him. He does the same when I start to cut his hair. Along with his screaming he will physically fight with me to try to get away. I'm only 4'9'' and he already stands to my chin so this is becoming more and more difficult for me to handle.
I noticed today that he has no comprehension as to proper attire for events. My husband asked him to get dressed for church this morning (we go at least once a week so he should know what kind of clothing to wear - I'm sure of this because even his 6 year old brother can go in and complete this task without an issue). He came out 3 times with the wrong clothes, the last time he came out with a large fleece zippered sweatshirt thinking that that would be fine. (If your thinking that I should have been helping him, your right, I should have been. I was just busy at that moment ironing my husbands clothes. I have a 3 and 4 year old as well so I cannot leave an iron unattended)
If anyone out there has any thoughts please let me know. I am open to all ideas, suggestions and possible diagnoses. I love my son and I want to help him to live to the best of his potential, and to feel good about himself while doing so. I just feel that to properly assist him I need to have a more detailed insight as to what the actual problem is.
Thank you to who ever takes the time to read this.
I forgot to mention that he is also very hyper. He loves to run non stop.