Posted by: Galli | 2007/07/26


Toddler obsessions

My grandson, who will be three in September, is showing signs of obsessive behaviour. At the moment his 'passion' is dinosaurs - he has quite a collection, knows a lot of theiir names, and even 'sees' them in pictures, for instance, where they don't exist. My daughter say he also displays ritual behaviour, e.g. insisting that things are done in a certain order. He is very demanding (his playschool teacher finds this hard to handle) and prone to tantrums if thwarted (this, however, seems normal for his age). In spite of this he seems to be a typical toddler - he'is clearly intelligent and is loving, responsive, generally cheerful and active. His 18-year-old half-brother on his father's side has been diagnosed with OCD. Do we have cause for concern?

Expert's Reply



He does seem to be demonstrating some feature of OCD, although much of his behaviour is often found in highly intelligent children.Also much of his behaviour seems to indicate a perfectionist streak rather than OCD. He does demonstrate some features of repetitive behaviour.He is probably too young for any diagnostic assessment at this stage, so give him more time. If this behaviour persists he should probably see a child psychologist.

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