Behavior of Arranging Objects into Neat Manner
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
If a 23 month old male likes to line his toys up in neat rows, does that say
anything decisive about that child's make-up for the future.
I need much more information to be able to tell anything decisive. Children are generally
not neat; they have not mastered that ability and it is absolutely alright and normal for
them to be messy, throw their toys around, play with food, take things off the shelf, etc.
In this case, it is really hard to tell since the details given are very limited.
If he places everything else in neat rows as well, he may have very good eye-hand coordination
at 23 months. However, if he keeps on doing it again and again repetitively, you may want to
consult a health professional. I do not want to alarm anyone here as I don't have the details
but unfortunately, children whom, instead of playing imaginatively with toys, engage in
repetitive behaviors such as arranging objects into neat rows, flapping their hands in front
of their eyes, and gazing at spinning objects for extended periods of time, may be linked to
autism. Please get him checked to rule out any such disorder.