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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Obsession

Keith is obsessive about airplanes. And helicopters. They are constantly on his mind. If he is smiling or laughing, I will ask him why and he always says airplanes or helicopters. Always. Whereas it makes me happy that he has something that brings him so much joy, I wonder if it is healthy for him to only focus on those two things...and perhaps I should try to introduce other topics to help open his mind to things other than them. Thoughts?

6 comments:

Diana said...

Aspergers?

Hevel Cohen said...

We had two and a half years or trains and trams with one of our boys. He grew out of it when he was around 7 (both chronologically, mentally and emotionally). Till then not even dinosaurs could distract him.

shannon said...

I say capitalize on it! Help him learn everything there is to learn about them. I know some people who become completely obsessed with things, learn all they can, do lots of interesting projects, and then move on to the next thing. I think it's cool! ;)

Tamara said...

I would try to introduce other things THROUGH helicopters and airplanes. Some airplanes can carry big, powerful trucks... Helicopters help doctors take care of sick people... Airplane pilots sometimes become astronauts... Maybe that would help a bit. Maybe expanding his scope of what they can do wioll help introduce something else that will capture his imagination.

Carina said...

I don't have any suggestions, but just wanted to say that our son is currently obsessed with Angry Birds, too--playing the game, watching YouTube videos about it, humming/singing the theme song, constructing buildings out of ANYTHING to knock them down, etc. It's taxing, but I find comfort in the fact that he's not focused on them only in one medium. Does that make sense? Like, okay, sure, he uses his blocks or the couch pillows or even the hymnbooks at church to build things and knock them down, but at least he's exercising his mind that way. I like Tamara's suggestion to try to introduce other things through what he already enjoys. As to how you can do that, I'm not sure...but I think the whole obsession thing can be pretty normal. Or at least I hope it is.

Sarah C said...

Keith is so cute! Do you remember when you were visiting me and we called to talk to him? He was so excited to tell us about the water hose. He loved the water hose and that is all he could think about or talk about at that time. It was adorable. I would not worry about his love for helicopters and airplanes. I think it is good he has something that makes him so happy. Just like water hose, the airplanes and helicopters will bring him happiness and joy now, and someday he will find something else that makes him happy. Those are just my thoughts. I am sure when you move to Dayton he will LOVE the museum. That will be a dream come true for him.