Jonah is a VERY sweet natured boy. He has a natural tendency to care for others. He is funny and loves to make others laugh (which he can do quite easily). He really is a great kid! He is happy 99% of the time (and when he isn't it is usually because he is tired).
The 'problem' that we are seeing in Jonah is a lack of focus. He has trouble paying attention to directions and even if he does listen to what he's asked to do, he forgets what he was doing pretty much before he starts. (And to clarify, I'm talking about simple directions such as "Jonah, go get your shoes and put them on."). Often when someone is talking to Jonah he will wander off as though they weren't even talking.
Jonah has a very difficult time hearing his name being called. He does not have a hearing problem, but he just doesn't seem to process that someone is talking to him. Sometimes it's like he is in his own little world.
Also he generally moves at his own pace. I know that this is part of who he is, but it does seem as though he could speed some things up when he is asked. (An example of this is that it can take him five minutes to get out of the van. He sloooooooowly crawls out of his car seat. Then he stops to pick something up off the floor. Then he turns around and sees a book. He starts to flip through the pages of the book. He finally realizes that I'm standing at the van door saying "Jonah, come out of the car, let's go!" and again starts to head my way. Then he notices the seat belt hanging over the middle seat. He starts playing with that. And on and on and on......)
So my question, for anyone who has any suggestions for me: what do we do with Jonah? How can we help him focus on completing tasks, paying attention to people talking to him, etc....? Have you dealt with this with your child or have you seen someone else like this? I really am feeling like we need to deal with it (somewhat) now before he is old enough to be in school. I honestly think that he would have to be home-schooled because he would get left behind in a classroom setting. (Yes, I know that he is only 2 1/2, but it's never to early to start, right?)
Thanks for your input, folks! :)