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Regression in 5 year old son
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Regression in 5 year old son

My just-turned 5 year old son is doing well academically in preschool (can do patterns, loves to look at books, knows his letters, is beginning to sound out words for writing, can carry through activities independently, follow directions, etc.).  The concern is that he has been regressing in some areas.  He has started to (sometimes) poop in his pants, and most recently, was "playing" with it at school.  He has started licking things (like the railing on his way up the stairs at school).  He is having a harder time than he used to with sitting in circle...the strategies they had been using are no longer working (different places to sit, in a chair, next to teacher, etc.).  He has also begun to be sensitive to sounds he was never sensitive to before.  He is sometimes resisting being near the other kids in his class.  Otherwise, things seem fine.  At home, he loves to play with the neighborhood kids.  He is pretty independent with getting ready in the morning.  He doesn't resist going to school.  He craves attention, but will do things on his own if we're busy.  He loves playing with his older brother.  We have tried taking away privilages when he poops in his pants, and that worked for a while...  We do give him praise whenever he does good things, especially pertaining to toileting, but we try to "Catch him doing good" as often as possible.  Just not sure what is happening.  Any ideas?

Thanks,
Erin
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