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Pleasestoplickingthetv Thu 10-Nov-16 14:12:26

Hi all

I have a almost 5yr old who I have a few concerns about his behaviour.
He seems unable to stand still.
He ignores instructions - must have to ask him 5 times not to do something
Touches everything all the time
In public climbs on everything, hides under things, swings around things. Messes with everything
Won't look at me in the eye when I talk to him
Tell him not to do something and it's almost like he hasn't taken it in and just does it (nothing like punching, kicking, swearing etc, just jumping across sofas, climbing on sides)
Will watch tv/play Ipad for quite a while but anything else loses for concentration very quickly
Falls over constantly
It's hard to explain as he isn't a "naughty child" it's just almost like he doesn't know when to stop - does that make sense?

I'm not sure if this is all normal behaviour (has been going on since he was little) or if I should speak to the HV.

reallyanotherone Thu 10-Nov-16 14:15:43

Has school said anything?

ThatsWotSheSaid Thu 10-Nov-16 14:23:06

Sounds exactly like my DD. Her OT thinks she has sensory intergration issues. Since just before the summer holidays I reduced screen time down to one hour a week and reduced additives and sugar and we have been giving her lots of sensory input. Gross motor stuff like Swimming, gymnastics, parks, bean bags, indoor swings, balance beams also messy play play doh, magic sand, water play, theraputty etc.
She is like a different child- don't get me wrong she still doesn't sit still and touches everything but she's far better behaved and so much calmer.

MrsDc7 Thu 10-Nov-16 14:24:58

I wouldnt get yourself worried at this point but I would speak to the HV and ask their opinion

ThatsWotSheSaid Thu 10-Nov-16 14:27:07

My daughter is described as a 'sensory seeker'.
She needs to touch everything, puts things in her mouth still at 5. Has little awareness of being dirty. She has poor gradation of movement so she falls down all the time. She is tiny but matches around like an elephant.

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