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Is this an ASD trait?

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bubble2bubble Sat 17-Oct-09 09:45:22

Matbe it's not,but I reckoned this would be the place to ask
DD1 has no attachment to any toys that lasts more than a couple of days. For example, last Sunday some relatives brought her a really good present of a 'computer' which she really loved and played with all day. Loved it so much she had to take it to school on Monday, came home on Tuesday to play with it again . Since that - doesn't even wonder where it is. And this is repeated again & again with everything she is given ( please don't think she's just a spoilt little girl who gets given too many toys) When a peadiatrician asked what she played with as a baby we were hard pushed to think of anything, as again, nothing lasted for any length of time that could remember

In contrast DD2 has a teddy that always goes everywhere, plays with a big range of toys,will actively seek out things I have put away to play with again, will change the way she plays with things etc etc

Am I just being paranoid & are plenty of NT kids like DD1?

grumpyoldeeyore Sat 17-Oct-09 09:51:02

it doesn't leap out at me as necessarily asd - none of my children have had a huge connection to particular toys - its more about whether they do play appropriately with them at the time eg imaginary play, reasonable attention span etc if she plays fleetingly for just a few seconds or not know how to use the toy then that would be more worrying. Are there other concerns that are making you wonder if they are different?

debs40 Sat 17-Oct-09 10:00:42

I wouldn't necessarily say this is a problem. How old is she? My youngest has never been a sit down and play with toys type of child and would much rather follow me around and do 'real world' types of things.

My eldest, however, who is undergoing assessment for ASD gets hugely attached to toys to the extent of excluding people.

I think on its own its nothing to be concerned about unless you have other worries. grin

bubble2bubble Sat 17-Oct-09 10:22:17

that's interesting. I don't actually think she has ASD, but I more & more think there is such a fine line....
Age 2-3 she did present with a lot of ASD traits but in fact she has dyspraxia with severe verbal & oral dyspraxia etc AS she gained some limited speech all the ASD traits basically disappeared, and she scored zero in the ADOS test ( age 3.5 )- I was there I had to agree there was genuinely no sign of ASD. She is 4 now and making massive progress in every way

I suppose it's something that's not exactly worrying me but bugging me. Probably bugging DH even more, as we were talking about Christmas presents last night and he's thinking everything we buy for DD1 gets cast aside in 2 days hmm Maybe we're just being a bit harsh

thanks for the reasurrance

wasuup3000 Sat 17-Oct-09 10:23:45

I don't know all my other 3 have all all loved looking through catalogues and telling they want this that or the other my son who we think may have ASD is not interested. We have never known what to buy him-unless computer related. Even in the disney store the others fill up their baskets (in hope!) he doesn't. The others have done their Xmas lists. He hasn't apart from a mini bag of jammy dodgers from Father Christmas. When he was little he emptied out his toy box and sat in instead.

mysonben Sat 17-Oct-09 14:53:28

Hi, i wouldn't worry too much, what would be 'more' asd : limited or lack of imaginative play, focusing on a part of the toys instead of playing appropriately with it,interests restricted to a few toys (like obsessing with the same things all the time).
My ds is 4, asd , and he gets overly attached to things and toys, he carries his cars and trains everywhere with him and plays with them in the same way day in day out.

Try not to worry too much, some kids like changes and get bored quickly with same things, asd kids tends to be the opposite most of the time.

Niecie Sat 17-Oct-09 15:03:14

My possibly AS DS got very attached to things too. Carried his orange monkey (with a very annoying bellhmm) everywhere with him until we managed to prise it off him in time to start school. He had other things he loved as well although mostly as a small boy.

Now he is 9 he isn't interested in toys at all unless they are computer games and wouldn't even give them a second glance, let alone play them for a couple of days.

He does do a Christmas list though - it is full of books and computer games but he is quite happy to browse cataloges.

Unless there are other causes for concern I don't think you have much to worry about.

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