My three year old is completely different from my older son. He is constantly talking and repeating the same simple statements like "it's dark outside". He talks repeatively and it seems like he never stops talking. He even talk to himself when he is playing alone. He repeats everything a person says whenever other people are talking around him. He is constantly falling down and running into things. He hits his head on things all the time (not on purpose, but by running into things). He is extremely clingly towards his father. He can not play alone for more than 5 minutes. If we are in a different room than the kids, he will always make his way into the room and will just sit and play in the room. He doesn't play with his toys nor can he sit and watch TV. He is constantly just moving around and hitting things. He has to be told to do things at least 4 or 5 times before he will do them. I'm not sure if this is normal behavior for a three year old (almost 4 in November). It's like I have to tell him the same things everyday. In school he doesn't not want to do follow directions from his teachers and wants to do what he wants to do. I also am concerned that he is so comfortable around strangers. He will give complete strangers hugs and kisses. I have told him to stop this many many times. He will talk to anyone and everyone when we are in public. I don't really know if I'm over-reacting or if my son needs help. Please help!
while I would not describe much of this as 'bad behavior', there are some issues that should be examined by a professional. It is hard to determine how many of these difficult behaviors are part of his temperment and how much could be due to a disability or behavioral regulation issue. Best bet is to ask your pediatrican for a referral to a child psychologist for an early childhood evaluation. You can read my article on Medhelp about what early childhood testing is and how it can benefit families. If you are not able to access a private clinican, you may be able to obtain some assessment services through the county school system. However, I would recommend that a psychologist with doctoral level training (many school staff will be masters level) assess your son, since there are many issues to address at once. I would also seek a clinician who can help you with behavior modification and with learning to communicate effective limits.
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