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Question by  animallover (12)

How do you recognize obsessions in five year olds that have autism?

My five year old has autism and does not seem to have one true obsession.


Answer by  kimber18 (514)

Remember that all children with autism are different. When I first learned about the obsessions, I learned a lot about my son. He may have multiple, or they may change over time. What to watch for, excessive conversation about a specific subject (if the child communicates), spending time on one subject. That one thing that keeps them the most focused.


Answer by  mb (5482)

Obsession is defined as a compusion to repeat the same task over and over again. Obsessions are common in patient's with autism but not guaranteed. Be glad your child lacks obessions.


Answer by  rosieposey78 (1304)

Your child may line up items in a straight line. Maybe your child is fixed on doing only one thing. Also, your child may only insist eating a particular food every day or get mad if something is moved from a certain position like a mirror or painting.


Answer by  Mrscmrn (1449)

Autism is a very difficult diagnosis for a parent to hear. Autism is a syndrome meaning it has many facets to it. One does not have to have every facet to be diagnosed with autism. Two children with autism with the same parents may have totally different symptoms. Individuals experience things uniquely. Also the sydrome can change over time.


Answer by  MattK (1713)

Whether alone in concurrently in a condition such as autism, most manifestations of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) will be appreciated. Despite the nature of the disease, obsessions generally show themselves through the repetitions seen in anyone with this condition. Some of the same meds for for both.


Answer by  JJP (360)

I am not sure if every child with autism has an obsession. I would check with your doctor and ask him/her this very question if you are concerned.

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