Hello, I would like to bring up a strange habit that my 10 year old son has and get some opinions on it. I am the boy's father.
This is very hard to describe so bear with me. I noticed a couple years ago that when my son would be playing by himself, he would begin acting out his imagination to himself. Basically what he does is lays down on his back and makes movements with his hands and makes various noises with his mouth and talks as different characters. I can recognize things like car noises, explosions, similar. He is very self-conscious about it and will stop and pretend like he wasn't doing anything if he notices someone nearby. Sometimes it seems like it's almost a trance, as if he is completely inside his mind acting out a situation. He doesn't use props like action figures or anything, it's just him and his mind. As far as I know, he does this quite regularly. Perhaps not every day but probably several times a week.
I have never been too concerned about it but I "caught" him today and it made me a bit curious if this is a normal thing. I've always wrote it off as him having a very intense imagination, almost being a good thing. It is certainly a bit odd though so I'd like to see what other people think of it.
A general profile of my son would be that he is shy at times though he does have friends who he hangs out with regularly on weekends and such. He has high anxiety too but I think a lot of kids struggle with anxiety these days, especially when it comes to social situations at such an awkward age. He is not on any medications or anything like that, he performs decently in school. He is very bright and thoughtful/imaginative though he has trouble getting homework done (he's a procrastinator like me