My son's teachers are concerned about him. He is 8. Crawled 6m, walked 9m, talking, counting, naming animals & their traits at 2yrs. Passion for animals continued from then & it is all he would talk about, now it’s Star Wars too. He’s affectionate especially with us.
He’s fussy about food. He withdraws when people are in our home even close family. He cannot take the radio loud & 'shuts down' when someone shouts, he covers his ears when a voice is raised & hits his head. Academically he’s advanced. Reading ahead of his age, Does very well in maths & science. However he cannot ride a bike. He is unable to use a knife & fork properly & can barely hold them.
His PE teacher has noticed a problem with is gait. The teacher says he’s uncomfortable in class as if in pain. He’s physically awkward; he often refuses to play with other children in groups opting to play alone. After school his classmates often say hi to him & he ignores them until I point it out to him. I realise I've always done this & repeated in his ear what to say, otherwise he'd say nothing or rant about an obscure subject. I say "hi [classmate's name]" & he repeats.
He avoids eye contact, but is desperate for friends. He responds well to a list of work & continually writes lists. He often marks his own class work before handing it in, he responds well to a list of chores at home. He withdraws to books / toys & continually makes noises whilst playing with the action figures (a noise made by sucking & blowing air through his teeth). He makes this noise in class & playground. He answers rhetorical questions. The teacher was angry with the class & asked: "How many of your parents will I tell have good children, on parents' night?" He put his hand up, turned to the class counting & calculated an answer!
He says 'the wrong thing' to family members like, "are you pregnant? you have a fat tummy so that's why I ask" & cannot see their shocked, hurt reaction. Please help.