I have another question for you. After 2 years DS has finally started to ease off of the fireman thing, and he went head first into Legos. It is Lego City, and the theme is rescue vehicles, but we are "easing." We really encouraged it for a while. We figured Legos would be great for fine motor, tactile play, joint stability and creativity. He really loved it and he was even branching out and attempting to build things that were well beyond his age and skill level, so we thought, GREAT!
And now he is obsessed with them. Like full on eats, sleeps and breathes Legos. He wakes up and goes straight for the box. He plays with them to the exclusion of other things that he used to enjoy. We are having to bribe him to go outside and ride bikes or play in his "fire station" (tree house), which are things he loves doing. He has a hard time separating himself from them, and sometimes just to get out of the door I will let him put some in a little bag to take along.
There are many tears, frustrations and arguments surrounding the use of the Legos nowadays. He will not eat if the Legos are out in front of him and I am very certain if left up to his own devices he would play with the Legos all day. He talks about not wanting to go to school so that he can stay home with his legos, and worries that one of us might move or break them while he is gone. My instincts tell me to put a limit on Lego time, like other parents do with screen time, but I am not sure if this is the right thing to do.
Here is my question: Should I discourage this type of obsessive play, or is this just typical for a 4.5 boy? My brother used to do this with buses, and then space, so I am familiar with what it can be like for kids who have a "thing." I feel like he probably falls somewhere on the spectrum, but his OT/SLP/Art Therapist keep saying they don't think he is, and its all SPD, or Apraxia, related. However, they admit that he does have problems socially and with play, and the SLP gave me a handout yesterday that says that they have been doing floor time with him in therapy. Do they generally do floor time with kids who are just SPD/Apraxic? I have no clue.
We have an apt with a ped neuro in dec. I am just wondering if I should be worried about this, start setting up some boundaries with it, or just let him immerse himself in this Lego phase?
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