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HELP ! obsesstion with pennys and decorative glass coins???

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lekki Wed 09-Mar-05 18:56:11

does anyone elses child have a similar obsession and what is it, she has alot of brain damage, if i refuse her pennys she gets distrort, and wont give up, she will play for hours with them, but i dont like it a. because there dirty, b. because of swallowing c. because it just seems too wired, shes very bad tempered aswell. she gets the pennys into her head and goes made till she gets them. like nothing else is good enough. what is this, autisium? but autisium they dont give eye contact and dd does

MOMMALIS Wed 09-Mar-05 19:08:30

My son is autistic and does have eye contact , not all children with an asd have lack of eye contact.
All sorts of children get fixations or obsessions on particular things my son that is autistic has an obsession with thomas the tank and trains and wheels but my child that doesn't have autism has an obsession with her mobile phone and the latest fashions.
When it becomes a major part of the childs routine and is distressing to them then maybe it is time to seek some professional advice , see your gp who will refer your child onto the appropriate professionals should there be a need.
Good Luck.

coppertop Wed 09-Mar-05 20:34:41

Ds2 (2yrs) loves playing with coins. He loves circles and shiny coins fit this interest/obsession nicely as far as he is concerned. Even better is when he has a container he can fill with them. Ds2 isn't interested in putting things in his mouth so it's not a big problem for us - although we do supervise him while he's doing this.

I don't know if your dd's love of coins is due to autism or not. The only think I would say is that not all autistic children have no eye contact. Ds1 can have quite good eye contact sometimes. Ds2 will give good eye contact when he first meets someone or if they can get him interested in a particular activity.

lekki Wed 09-Mar-05 20:36:53

mommalis, lekki again, she is also obsesive with noddy , spiders on cartoons , she has to watch just these videos over and over again, its becming very stressfull, as you probably know, i have an older dd and she was and is totally different she love certain stuff but doesnt get angery when i refuse her having it. she also likes routine if it is changed she goes mad, she smacks her head very hard in anger, im really worried about her, she cant stand anyone kissing or touching her sometimes, she freaks out sometimes if someone even shows her attention,its embarrassing and upsetting. her language is echolalia so the speech therapist said at her last assestment,shes due to see a speach therapist again

lekki Wed 09-Mar-05 20:52:50

coppertop, ive just been onthe website"the world of autism" and realised that dd has quite a few autistic characteristics, dd loves her tin money box ,putting in and taking out is a better game than accually playing with a real toy, i find it like watching madness sometimes i try encouraging her to do other things but this is always better, that and noddy vid. somethings got to be done i think, by the way shes 2yrs 7m, is this age too early to diagnose?????????????????????????????

coppertop Wed 09-Mar-05 20:55:21

Not too early at all. Ds2 got his preliminary diagnosis at 22 months and had a full assessment at 24 months. Ds1 was a bit older at 3.5yrs.

lekki Wed 09-Mar-05 21:01:19

i never thorght much about it before i use to make excuses for her behaviour really and because she has hydrocephalus and physical diffuiculties i put it all down to that but now im worried she will find it really difficult at a main sream school or even they will find her really difficult, i think she may need help

MOMMALIS Wed 09-Mar-05 21:02:59

Sorry to butt in , Lekki my son was also fully assessed and diagnosed at 25 months at a child development centre so yes your daughter would be at the appropriate age .

lekki Wed 09-Mar-05 21:07:43

does she need referral to a psycologist

macwoozy Wed 09-Mar-05 21:08:38

lekki, I don't know anything about hydrocephalus, and how it affects behaviour, but just to let you know that my ds who has a diagnosis of autism, has improved so much since he was 2.7. At that age, he was of major concern and the outlook wasn't promising at all, but now almost 5, even though he still has difficulties in many areas, he is managing pretty well at mainstream.My ds was diagnosed just before he was 3 by the way.

lekki Wed 09-Mar-05 21:11:25

Mommalis, shes not long had an assestment at the cdc,but they didnt give me a pycologist to talk too, but the speech therapist picked up on the echolalia.

lekki Wed 09-Mar-05 21:18:07

thanks macwoozy thats good to know!!!

MOMMALIS Wed 09-Mar-05 21:18:23

Lekki,
A full assessment (in my son's case) was carried out by a multi disicplinary team of 8 including a child pyschologist .
I would get back in touch with the cdc who saw your daughter airing your views and conserns and also ask if they have ever evaluated her for an asd but to be quite honest with you if they had im sure they would have discussed it with you , i know in my sons case we were kept fully aware at all times of what they were doing and assessing for i do know that not all places work identically.
If i was you i would get back in touch as it's clear you are conserned and rightly so .

lekki Wed 09-Mar-05 21:22:03

macwoozy, does ur ds speak in this echo form and copy most things people say,my dd sounds like a robot, its almost garenteed what shes going to say next

macwoozy Wed 09-Mar-05 21:38:44

At your ds's age my ds hardly spoke and certainly couldn't converse, he didn't really copy what poeple said, tended to ignore everyone, and now he rarely repeats others, although he does make up many words for things. I'm a relative newcomer to this site, but I have realised that there are many on here who has so much information with autism, so please stick around, it will help you no end.

coppertop Thu 10-Mar-05 09:44:07

Lekki - My ds1 (now 4yrs 9mths) is also a completely different boy to how he was at your dd's age. When he started at his pre-school a couple of months later he had no interest at all in what anyone was doing. He didn't speak, spent a lot of time walking round the room, and avoided using his hands wherever possible. He's now in a mainstream school and a completely different child. He chatters away, plays with the other children, loves writing and drawing, and would go to school 7 days a week if he could. He needs very little support.

He went through a stage of copying everything that people said. As he picked up more and more language the echolalia decreased. His voice still sounds a little dalek-like but it's not too obvious. If you have ever watched Star Trek: The Next Generation then my ds1 is like a mini version of Data. He finds people hard to understand but is very bright with it.

lekki Thu 10-Mar-05 18:45:02

coppertop, thats interesting, we alaways say our dd sounds like rain-man, the minuet she woke up she asked for pennies this morning, i spoke to the cdc today about her behaviour, they told me they did pick up on it but said there are children that are worse that need there help, charming i thourght. anyway i'll get her consultant to to sort it out,even if it kills me.Dam professionals think they know ur child better than u after spending one day with them.

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