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I have 3 year old that doesnt watch cartoons. Instead he only wants to watch restoration videos, plumbing, fixing lawn mowers, fixing engines. He always begs me for tools and talked me into buying him a lawn mower to "work on". He will sit outside for hours taking it apart and looking through it. Since he could barely walk he was popping the hood on my car and checking the oil. And the craziest thing is he knows what alot of the parts are without me teaching him. The other day the blower was having issues and he pointed to it and said "it needs a new spark plug" while pointing straight at it.

I have a feeling he's going to be some kind of engineer or something. He seems almost obsessed with how things work. He doesnt get this gene from me he gets this from my dad whos by far the smartest person in the family. How can I feed into this to let him develope better? I want to get him the best chance I can to keep him interested and stimulated. This could be his golden ticket.

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  • sounds like a super handsome kid with an overrated father

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    • You have to be valued by someone to be overrated 😂

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  • Good. I used to dissect all my toys also, as a kid.

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  • It makes life easier for parents when their kid has an obvious "spark" - something that really excites and fascinates them. It can be challenging for the parent too if they're not really interested in the object of the kid's fascination. As a parent, I'm very pleased that my daughter has always been seriously into art rather than her being one of those kids who drifts along without being interested in any one thing in particular.

    After love, the most important gifts a parent - and any other adults in a child's life - can give a kid are time, patience and respect. If you, your son's father or anyone else in your family and circle of friends is into doing home and vehicle maintenance and repair, just letting the boy be with them and talking about what they're doing and why would feed his curiosity. (Obviously, there are some things a young child shouldn't be involved with in any way and they should always be closely supervised. Even the smartest three-year-olds are very naïve about the dangers of the world.)

    You might look into Lego Education BricQ and Lego Technic. These are expensive new, but it's possible you could get used, complete sets in good condition on Ebay or whatever. They're pretty advanced for a kid the age of your son, but if you're serious about him actually taking a lawn mower apart, he might be able to handle them. The BricQ set is designed to teach about basic mechanisms, and it's supposedly aimed at secondary school level kids, but I don't really buy that. We got a set for my daughter a few years back because I'm a believer in chucking all sorts of stuff in the direction of kids and seeing what gets a bite, and the directions booklets didn't strike me as particularly complex. The Technic sets result in a finished product that's much slicker looking. I think the educational value of them is lower, but I'm sure mechanically-minded kids get a kick out of assembling a working bulldozer, excavator or whatever.

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  • I was like that - and I never had autism.

    I was a natural mechanic, and did precision maintenance that many people could not do.

    I also became an engineer...

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  • Also obsessed with vacuum cleaners

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    • This is really common with autism especially vacuum cleaners. You can Google it if you'd like. Cars, vacuum cleaners and fans are big with children who have autism. I once worked with someone high functioning who was obsessed with cars and vacuum cleaners from birth. His mom showed us photos of him as a child and he was always around vacuum cleaners and cars. Vacuum cleaners, air conditioners and car motors were his only means of conversation at the job. He's not an engineer unfortunately but he's definitely an expert in those areas. He actually repaired our AC in the office of the store I worked at at the time and kept talking about the workings of inside the AC unit in the most excited way, it was really sweet. He was a good kid.

      Also one of my younger cousin's was like this too, he also has autism but it went undetected as a child although I knew but his parents didn't realize and took him until he was 20 to get diagnosed then they realized it made sense. He started talking about cars since he learned how to talk and still does, acted like a mechanic as a toddler, you couldn't get him off the topic. Wanted people to lift him up to see the engine. He's actually a car mechanic now for a company and he's good at what he does.

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      • We are keeping an eye on that. That also crossed my mind. He does not do any stimming and seems to be doing well socially. He's very nice to other kids. So far he seems normal.

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