First of all, I'm not sure where a post like this should go, so I apologize if it's in the wrong place.
My next door neighbors have a child, 7 years old, in first grade. He's essentially a genius. He could read at 18 months, he works with teachers at his school to do more advanced work (he's doing algebra now...) He's also very, very mature. I can carry on conversations with him, and most of the time, he makes more intelligent observations than anyone I've ever known.
He's a really cool kid...a "child prodigy." But the most interesting part about him is, as he says, his "mind is like a hotel." He says that his mind is divided into different "floors" and each floor keeps track of different things. He knows what every single "floor" is for, and there are over 400 of them.
I'm fascinated by the human mind (I'm sure most of you here are, too), so I've been talking to him a lot....trying to figure him out. He's talked to me about the "floors," and he's given examples of some of them. He says he has a "floor" for music, a "floor" for math, a "floor" for art...I've gotten him to write lots of them down -- he's written the same "floors" down in the same order with the same numbers every time I've asked him...some of the floors he refuses to write down. He says that he "doesn't like them" or that "we'll save those for later." He says that he has to add new "floors" sometimes, too.
As he himself has described, his mind never stops moving, and he always has trouble falling asleep.
My initial thought with all of this was that he may have Asperger's or some sort of high-functioning autism. But the thing is, he's fine around people...he interacts without difficulty, most of the time. He doesn't collect mass information on single topics as far as I know, and he's not obsessed with dates to the best of my knowledge.
Although, he's certainly obsessed with the "floors" in his brain, and he definitely sees lots of patterns in things...but he really doesn't seem to fit the model of Asperger's.
My next thought was that he received some sort of trauma when he was younger, which is why he has "floors" that he "doesn't like" and "floors" that he refuses to talk about -- his consciousness divided itself as a defense mechanism. But I'm positive it's not D.I.D. because it's not his identity or personality that's split, it's the way he accesses information....and as far as I know, and from what his parents have told me, he doesn't have any switching between personality "states."
A traumatic experience would make sense, but why so many "floors," instead of just ones to block off the trauma? And that doesn't explain his maturity and intelligence --- is that part of him unrelated? (And if he has gone through trauma, it's really, really none of my business to pry...even though this is really "none of my business," either...and if he has experienced something terrible, it's not something his parents know about...)
GAH. I know I'm being very nosy, but I've gotten involved, and I'm too curious to stop.
His parents have very recently started taking him to see a psychologist, and from what I understand, she has no idea what the diagnosis is/if there's a diagnosis at all.
So....I was wondering if any of you had any ideas or thoughts. Obviously, a diagnosis over the internet is impossible, especially because you don't know the kid and because the majority of you aren't licensed to diagnose....obviously, the diagnosis and treatment (if any) should be left completely to his psychologist--this is completely for selfish reasons and out of my own interset.
I just want to figure this out. I feel kind of bad talking about him like that, as if he's some sort of puzzle....but I really want to know....if there's anything to know....if anything even matters...
SO....sorry for the long post. But...Ideas? Maybe?