My son has a Star Wars Obsession.
Not just every day obsessed either. Everything revolves around it.
Children with ASD, ABI or similar often display enthusiasm for something they like to the point of obsession.
It’s like a line is crossed from normal “fandom” over into the world of serial, repetitive & obsessive compulsion with an item, song or even a phrase or word.
I love the fact our Star Wars stuff has mostly been picked up from op shops & Garage sales.
The Star Wars obsession is not connected to the destruction of my bank account. He doesn’t care where it comes from. He is a true collector.
When asked for a foam light sabre from Big W, I couldn’t say no because overall he doesn’t really ask for much. I often feel cruel for not giving my son a chance to prove he can play with things sensibly.
We will never build trust without opportunities.
I have refrained for so long from buying one though because knowing the behavioural aspects surrounded by this obsession, a light sabre is probably not a great idea.
The underlying emotions surrounding the obsession:
- The need to control through fear of losing the item.
- Fear the item won’t last so protect at all costs.
It’s surrounded by thoughts of insecurity and attachment to the item. All feelings predominantly powered by anxiety.
In Ryan’s younger years it could be something as insignificant as a pen or a piece of rope. I have learnt to try to avoid taking the items out with us because if they are lost or broken it can become a very difficult situation.
My son didn’t put the light sabre down for almost 48 hours.
He slept with it.
If I tried to talk about anything else he would tap it on the ground to show his disapproval in me trying to change the subject.
I’m Star Wars exhausted and GROUNDHOG DAY this morning I’ve woken up to Star Wars for breakfast….here we go again…
I think anyone can relate though whether your child has Autism or not.
I’m sure if your child just gets hung up on thinks they are so into you can find some sort of humour in this. It’s something that most parents on some level eventually will have to deal with.
Autism & Obsessions
This is how I Support The Star Wars Obsession