One of the first things we noticed with our son that indicated he was different was when he would separate himself from everyone else. I am not wired this way and always want to be around people so it has taken some getting use to. As he has gotten older I have started referring to this as the long walk and we work really hard at engaging with him so he doesn’t do it all the time. It has become a bit of a game of cat and mouse and we have fun with it but some times we need to give him some space and let him do his own thing. This has also comes up with other relationships as well.
Where do you draw the line on how far to run after someone that doesn’t want you to catch them?
For me the answer for both has been as long as you have the energy to do so but at some point that gap is just too far to close.
One of the really cool things this year has been to see my son at this park ask me to chase him which doesn’t sound like much but is soo huge. He will look at me and say “tickle please” and run for me to chase him. This has been built on us working with ABA at this park where he asks other kids to play with him and it’s cool to see the pieces work together this way.
If you are in a season where you feel your child isn’t making any progress keep at it and stay consistent, know that things will get better.