SD zoning out, repeating words, Behavioral or Neurological?
Okay my steptalk family: I need some advice.
Our SD10 has just recently, in the last week or so (that I’ve noticed) started a behavior which I’m wondering if its normal or something more serious.
SD10 does really well academically. With math and reading being her strongest subjects. She also draws really well and has a good sense of perspective in her drawings. She’s athletic. She’s been playing soccer for 5 years. On her team of 10 and 11 year old girls, she’s right in the middle. She’s also average height and weight. She’s very popular with her friends and outgoing.
Here’s the new behavior. We’ve noticed that she’ll see something on TV, a word or a number and she’ll zone out and quietly mumble a series of the numbers or words sometimes her fingers will move in a corresponding way.
Yesterday evening, we were at a friend’s house with her. Our friends have two daughters, one of whom plays soccer with SD10 and the two of them are great friends. We have their girls over for sleepovers and they have SD10 to their house.
At the end of the evening when it was time to go, SD10 and her friend were doing the usual huggy, huggy, dramatic “oh buddy, I’ll miss you…fake tears” (even though they’ll see each other for soccer practice the next day). Its sweet. After the usual dramatic goodbye routine, SD10 was putting her shoes on, her 10 y/o friend was sitting next to her with her arm around her and SD10 seemed to go into a trance and kept repeating “I’ll miss you, I’ll miss you, I’ll miss you” over and over in a complete monotone while staring in a zoned out way. I asked her to stop a couple of times, but she didn’t, then DH said “wholy, Rainman” in a bit of a louder voice then it snapped her out of it. (She had zoned out for maybe a minute total.)
This is the first time I’ve seen her zone out in front of a group of people. Was this just to get attention? I known her for 4 years. It’s just out of character for her. Sure, she’ll try to be funny or clever and she’s certainly outgoing and she’ll get attention this way, but this zoning out thing is new. Is this the beginning of something neurological? I’ve never had a 10 year old. I just don’t know if this is completely normal behavior. I’m concerned. I’ve googled autism, and tourettes, but it just doesn’t seem to fit. Part of me thinks that maybe she is aware of it and this is just a new “act”.