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Lining things up starting late

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Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Wed 03-Aug-11 22:15:47

Ds has started at age 6 doing what he calls art attacks! This involves lining random things up all the way across his room, the garden or grannys drive. They are not pictures like they do on art attack just lines of things.

He is going through Asd assessment. Is it worth mentioning these to the paediatrician? Has any one elses dc started the lining up things at an older age?

EllenJaneisnotmyname Wed 03-Aug-11 22:38:53

Mine stopped by 4. If he's calling it Art Attack, then despite how 'artistic' it is not that's what he's aiming for. If he does it a lot it may be an obsession, so worth mentioning in that respect. My DS3 used to line up 4 teletubby coloured items all the time. I wasn't sure if it was classic 'lining-up' or not, like you, but it was certainly odd. smile DS3 is not DXed, just quirky. DS2 (ASD) never lined things up, much too tidy for him! grin

Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Thu 04-Aug-11 07:46:55

Thanks Ellen. It isn't all day every day but at least once a day that he does is. I think I'll take some pictures of the "art" just to take along with me! Whether this is an obsession or not, he is starting to look more "aspergerish" in his interactions anyway. When you tell people now, they say "aaah" as if that explains everything! grin

smurfling Thu 04-Aug-11 08:03:58

Oh no, not the lines!!! grin
Puts the fear in me when I walk into a room and the line is there!
My son is now 5 and seems to be doing more & more of them, perhaps because he is trying harder to play by himself (and I guess lines is what he can do!!)
Definitely mention to the paed at the next appointment.

Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Thu 04-Aug-11 13:38:07

Yes Smurfling - the lines grin. I think that it is similar for DS. He has only just started playing by himself and the imagination just isn't there yet for anything other than lines.

I will mention it to the paed when the appt letter finally turns up!

SuburbanDream Thu 04-Aug-11 16:34:52

DS2 (Aspergers) has never lined things up. Funny thing is though, all the specialists go on and on about it. When we were having him assessed, all of us including DS1 (NT) had to go to the hosp. DH and I were in one room and the DCs in another doing some observed play. When we went to collect the DCs, all the farm animals were lined up and categorised. The Paed commented on this and DS1 (NT) piped up proudly "yes, that was me!!" grin

Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Thu 04-Aug-11 16:39:15

grin grin

EllenJaneisnotmyname Thu 04-Aug-11 17:10:55

DS2 would have been the one kicking them over and laughing. grin

Vinniesbisqwits Thu 04-Aug-11 17:13:08

my sympathies DS, did used to line up everything in rows, and was obsessed with the aspect of the programme art attack for a couple of years too when a bit older , he kept trying to make a pile of toys and half his wardrobe confused look like a dog or whatever , with the effect of looking like a pile of junk and nothing in particular , he has grown out of lining up toys and doesnt watch repts of art attack anymore thankfully.

Ineedalife Thu 04-Aug-11 17:25:23

I don't remember Dd3 lining things up when she was little, but she does it alot now. I had put it down to stress at the old school as she was lining her teddies up really late at nght to help her settle but now I am not sure.

She isn't stressed at all at the moment but we currently have a line of disabled play people across her bedroom, [her current obsession is disabilities] and a line of Go Go's on the side of the bath neither of which are allowed to be moved.hmm

Oh well excuses me from cleaning those areasgrin.

Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Thu 04-Aug-11 17:41:11

I currently have dominos and 10p pieces across the bedroom floor. I dared to move the puppet theatre which was part of the line to get in the room grin

Ineedalife Thu 04-Aug-11 19:41:42


Ineedalife Thu 04-Aug-11 20:30:15

Oh dear all is not peacefull in the needalife house, it seems that Dd2 15[should know better] has been changing the position of the GoGo's in a line in the bathroom.

Cue all hell breaks loose at pj time!!

The Gogo's have now been rehomed to the treasure box.

Guess I have to clean the bath nowhmm.

Ho Humgrin

Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Thu 04-Aug-11 20:39:02

Oh no!! At least DS doesn't have any siblings to mess up his lines grin

Sounds like wine o'clock!

EllenJaneisnotmyname Thu 04-Aug-11 20:48:47

Yes please. Make mine a large one, DH has gorn out for a curry (again) and left me with a houseful of boys that I've been with all day. Do you feel sorry for me yet?

Hope you're feeling ok Ben10. I googled your DX last week and felt a little queasy about your extra rib. blush

BrigadeOfLannisters Thu 04-Aug-11 21:03:36

There are some fantastic pictures of DC "creations" on this Facebook group here

My DS did the Ship Of Pigs and The Exodus <proud>

Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Fri 05-Aug-11 06:50:36

Thanks Ellen. I'm feeling a bit queasy about the whole thing myself. My operation is not until 16 September so just waiting. It is so dull though as
everything is affected. It is my friends wedding today and I can't go to the reception as it will be too much..... That's my moaning done for the day smile

Ben10isthespawnofthedevil Fri 05-Aug-11 06:53:52

I'm rubbish and can't figure out how to look at the fb page on my phone so will have a look when I make it downstairs. I did see some very special lining up pictures on there grin

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