She adores mirrors and will spend hours looking at herself. She dances in front of the mirror; she poses, pulls faces and chats to herself in front of a mirror. She loves big mirrors and hand held ones. It's one of the obsessions which we are ok for her to have, it hasn't caused anyone any problems, which is nice, and it gets so tiring when we have to battle against everything she wants to do. We even use them, on occasion, as ‘motivators' - a word which makes me smile, ‘bribe' is a better word! We think that the compulsion is to do with her sensory issues, that she can't ‘see' what she is doing in her mind so she has to see her physical reflection to make sense of what she is doing.
She also obsessively arranges things to suit her own agenda. The table in her room is covered in carefully arranged small objects, from pieces of jewellery to Playmobil people and accessories. She will spend hours rearranging them and she knows if someone has moved a tiny part of it the slightest bit. She also used to set up her marble run, train set and books in the living room, so much so that you couldn't walk across the room, it was like an assault course, and woe betide anyone who attempted to move any of it!
But the one that has really driven me nuts in recent times is the rearranging of my whole DVD, video and CD collection! It takes me hours to make sure that she hasn't taken my DVDs and CDs and put them in back in their own boxes; she mixes up the covers and carefully hides the ones she really wants to keep. I have to be so careful, especially since I caught her watching my Sex and the City videos in her bedroom! I ended up having to hide them away on the top of the wardrobe because she wanted them so badly!