So yesterday we went to our pedi for ds's four year check up--the first time since we seen her post dx. Dd took the stethoscope before the doctor could check Ds's heartbeat and was hamming it up checking everyone's heartbeat. The doctor was fascinated and said she never saw an autistic child pretend play like that. I understand why children with autism tend to play repetitively and get stuck on moving parts but why is it so unusual for a child with autism to pretend play? Even the neurodevelopmental pedi said she was the first child she's ever diagnosed with such developed pretend play skills.