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I understand your concern for your daughter and your need for understanding and resolution.
Some children do learn and develop at a slower or faster rate than others, especially socially.
On the other hand this could mean some developmental problems. I
I would like to ask a few questions.
Does your daughter have an aversion to making eye contact?
Does she engage in some sort of repetitive motion (such as rocking or hand flapping, etc.)?
Has she had any traumatic experiences, physical or emotional?
Does she engage in any rigid performance or rituals or routines that don't appear to have a function?
Is he persistently absorbed with parts of objects?
Does she like to share interests, achievements or pleasures with others?
With her peers?
Do you think that she is overly attached to you?
Intellectually (not socially) is she up to par with her peers? Is she artistic?
She may have a mild pervasive developmental order, most likely a mild case of Asperger's Disorder. This is at the very high end of the autism spectrum disorder and is considered separately.
The reason I say this is because of her delay in social development, he withdrawal from others in some social situations, and her aversion to eye contact.
Furthermore, many with AD (affectionately called Aspies) are very artistic, and some are prone to bad dreams.
I would take her to a child developmental specialist or child psychiatrist or child psychologist for an assessment.
She can live a pretty normal life and will not require medications. There are behavioural interventions and ways of arranging things in her home and room that can help her.
Most schools have programs for these children as well.
I have worked with several people who have this disorder, and it is often hard to see, other than a form of shyness and slightly odd behaviour at times. They can have a lack of social and emotional reciprocity.
I would seek a diagnosis first of all.
Let me recommend a few books anyhow.
From Collins Books
101 Games and Activities for Children With Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorders
Asperger's Down-Under Episode 1: A Kid's-Eye View
by Joel Portsmouth
A Guide to Helping Your Child Thrive at Home and at School
by Melinda Docter Ed.D. & Syed Naqvi MD
A Guide for Parents and Professionals
by Anthony Attwood
These are the best books available.
Get the diagnosis first to make sure there is nothing else going on. I believe however that she meets enough criteria to warrant attention and a face-to-face evaluaion.
I shall keep you in my prayers. You are most welcome.
Elliott, MAE, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC