E is in TKD. Both of my boys are but because of other appointments we only get to go once a week and sometimes less. I rushed home to take E to his class and he was all excited about going because we missed it last week. He went in all excited but they put up new mirrors on the main floor. So for the first 5 minutes of class he stood and stared in the mirror and moved his hand in front of his face (he does this mostly when he talks). The instructor got him back in line for the obstacle course and told him that he was number 4 in line. He completely shut down. Wouldn't move. She got him to come out to me and he started crying that he didn't like the number 4. He only likes the number 5...which I knew. He went on and on about how he only likes #5 and he can't be number 4....I finally talked him into going back out because they obstacle course was over and they were doing kicks. He did go out but was pretty oblivious to what was going on around him. He started to participate around the end of the class. by the time we got back to the car he was fine and talking about how much he loves TKD. But this happens problem 70% of the time. Something will set him off and he just shuts down. And it is something so small. The instructor was really understanding and sweet but it's frustrating to me because we pay for him to go to the classes and he rarely participates. Is it typical for kids with- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to be hyped up about something but not actually excited when they try to do it? He also does this with play dates with friends. He begs for a friend to come over then I will find him alone in his room playing his leap pad or looking at a book while his friend and his little brother are playing. It's like he loves the IDEA of a lot of stuff but not actually the DOING part of it...if that makes sense?