I came across this forum searching 3- year old behaviors, and it seems like a supportive and welcoming place! I am new to forums in general, I only post on one other, and it is music related, not about parenting. I hope I do everything right. I've become familiar with- the lingo around here by reading some of the threads, so I hope I do alright! LOL Our 3 and a half year old son has been showing some odd behaviors lately, and I am getting worried. He has been twirling his blanky, he will twirl it around in front of his face and stare at it. We use to be able to redirect him pretty easily, but lately it's become like an obsession, and he gets upset when we try to stop it. He also had a tantrum this morning that I haven't seen since he was two. I got him out of the tub, and he was screaming and crying that he wanted to go back in. I said, " Bath is done now, we have to get ready for school." ( He goes to Early Childhood classes.) He continued to scream and cry, kept saying, "I'm being good! I'm being good in the tub!" I said " Yes you were a good boy in the tub, but we still have to get ready for school!" He continued to cry, and kept saying " I need a hug!!!" I held him for quite awhile, he wouldn't let me go, gripping on for dear life, seemed to be scared!!!!! By the way, he loves school, so it's not a fear of that, so I don't know. Just seemed to have a lot of trouble understanding that he did nothing wrong that ended the bath time? This morning, while we were eating breakfast, he was slapping himself in the head. He has done this in the past, but stops when we tell him. I had to tell him 4 times before he stopped this morning. Actually I've been repeating myself a lot lately, over and over on a lot of things, he's either not listening, or doesn't completly understand. I'm seeing some 2- year old behaviors coming back, and I am very worried and disturbed by this! I have brought up my concerns about autism, when he was younger with- the early intervention team, several times, and they always said they didn't see it. The teachers he has right now in Early Childhood are noticing he has some sensory issues, but have only mentioned once that he may possibly have ADHD. A lot of family members think he is fine, only my mom has noticed the things I have. I had difficult child 1 when I was 16, he has Autism, and my mom helped out a lot with- him the first few years of his life. I'm sorry, I have a habit with- rambling, just trying to fit in some details. I am extremely worried about our 3- year old, and I am not buying the "It's too soon to tell," attitude I've been getting from certain members of my family and from the school. I am lost. I am stressed. I am searching for answers. Okay this has gotten lengthy, I want to add one more positive tidbit here. We started our 3 year old on a gluten-free diet about a month and a half ago. Although not much change in hyperactivity, something unexpected happened. His language exploded! He is doing much better expressing himself and using his words, and I am so grateful for that! It is now the innapropriate, and self- stimming behaviors that have been popping up, that I am really concerned about.