I don't where to start here! I can start with when my son really started to worry us. At about 2 and a half, maybe closer to three, he started jumping compulsively. He jumps and hops, flings his arms arounds. Somtimes he grunts and is so engrossed in his 'jumping' like he's concentrating about something, he's now 4.
We thought it was a phase but it doesn't seem to be lessening at all. We got rid of the tv, he still does it, worse actually because there are no distractions. We try to distract him in other ways, he plays or reads with us for a little while, a few minutes, but is right back to jumping in no time.
He's always been a bit different, he would not eat solid food until he was 18 months old, he wouldn't put anything in his mouth and chew on things like other babies, he would gag and throw up. He breastfed exclusively for 18 months, even at two years old he was breastfeeding 6 times a day. I have no problem with this but his reaction to anything in his mouth was extreme and a bit worrying for me.
He also toots his own little imaginary trumpet, I didn't think anything of it really, until I started reading the symptoms of Tourette Syndrome. I was doing the dishes this morning, with my little guy just a jumping away, with great energy and force in the other room and I was thinking how I read a lot about ADHD/ADD and Aspergers and neither seemed to describe my kid but his behaviour is just not productive and I worry it will lead to teasing, etc. He gets going and blocks everything out around himself, he seems like he can't control it. I've asked him to please stop jumping when we are trying to do something together, he tries but seems compulsed to get up and hop.
I've not seen a doctor, I'm afraid he will be diagnosed with ADHD and we will be pressured to make him take medication. But, the bottom line is that we are concerned. I thought once the weather was nicer here and we could get out more, he could get more energy out, etc. But it doesn't matter if we've been out all day walking, running, playing, etc. He comes inside and jumps and hops across the living room, then he jumps and hops back the other way, then he does it again, over and over. It's exhausting just being in the same household with him.
He's a real doll though (of course). He can be snuggly and loves to give and get hugs and kisses. He's happy and friendly.
We try so hard to not make a big deal out of it. Sometimes he really gets going with such speed and concentration, I've asked him where he is hopping to or what he's thinking about, he says ,'Nothing/No where.' I can distract him for a few minutes but that's about it.
Like I said, I don't want to see the doctor, I'm just wondering, what, if anything I can do without medication. I so don't want to label my kid with a disorder and taking him to doctor when really, he's not hurting anyone and seems quite happy, what's the point? I do want to understand him better. We get along well but the constant jumping is disruptive. What happens when he's 5 and 6 and 7? I was thinking he would out grow it but he doesn't show any signs of slowing down or doing it less, if anything, he does it more and more. I decided long ago that I'm going to look at all our schooling options, from home school to private. I'm leaning toward homeschooling right now, for many reasons.
Anyway, just thought I would get this out, vent a bit. I would love to hear from anyone who can relate. Thanks! Day