"Every child is different"
If my 4 1/2 year old son could live in his hoodie and sweat pants he would. I try to explain that it is 97 degrees outside and pants are out of the question. He is a very energetic smart boy who I believed just had some quirks to his personality. "Every child is different" I was told.
He loves sand, but hates tags in clothing, shorts, sandles with velcro, and hats, It is a wrestling match to get his hair washed and we both end up getting wet. I have tried to just spray him with the nozzle, but he just screams and tries to hide in the corner of the tub. I know it sounds very traumatic.
He also likes to chew on things such as magnets, his fingernails, a plastic fork, clothing. I have tried the chewies for autistic kids that look like a rubber hammer, but he doesn't like them. He also likes to pile or gather things together and I find unrelated things gathered usually under the beds, behind the couch or chairs or in a corner. I recently noticed in those piles are pieces of paper that he has ripped up as well.
He is also upset when a new surrounding is introduced that has alot of people. When it was time for him to register for kindergarten he would not make in past the inside of the front doors. I went in and filled out paperwork. The principal, teachers, and I all tried to coax him but nothing worked. Is he shy? Insecure?
When people compliment him and smile and everyone laughs he thinks they are making fun of him. I tell him it's because he's just so cute and handsome. He will not wear button up shirts or nice shirts that draw attention to himself because of this.
He does have a speech delay, but his therapist says he is "making slow steady progress". I was also told he does not need OT. He will be starting kindergarten in the fall and I want to know if there is anything I can do to help my son over the summer. He has an 8 year old brother and a 2 year old sister and does enjoy playing with them. He likes all sports, and to color and play.