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Hand flapping in adults?

Hand flapping in adults?

Tremor: This sounds like a tremor, which could be neurological and needs evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Hand Flapping (Definition)

Movement involving flapping one or both hands. It is a stimming behavior. Although often associated with autism - this behavior can also occur with people ...Read more


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Hand flapping continue in autistic adults?

Hand flapping continue in autistic adults?

It certainly can: Hand flapping sometime fades over time, but it is not at all uncommon for it to continue throughout the life of an autistic individual. It is not harmful, per se; but, when excessive, it can interfere with other more productive behaviors. When severe, it sometimes is treated with antipsychotics, which typically reduce both frequency and duration of the hand flapping. ...Read more

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Is hand flapping/kicking legs and hitting out when over-excited normal for an adult without autistic spectrum disorder?

Is hand flapping/kicking legs and hitting out when over-excited normal for an adult without autistic spectrum disorder?

NO: Obviously this is not "normal" behavior for any adult. There may be other psychiatric issues causing this but autistic spectrum disorder seems the most likely cause by far. Kids on the autistic spectrum tend to turn into adults on the spectrum, though often symptoms can become less severe over time, especially with proper treatment, which can include dietary changes, supplements and homeopathy. ...Read more

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Is hand flapping normal?

Is hand flapping normal?

No: It is not normal. May be neurotic or OCD mannerism, but may be organic. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hand flapping?

What is the definition or description of: Hand flapping?

Hand flapping: Movement involving flapping one or both hands. It is a stimming behavior. Although often associated with autism - this behavior can also occur with people who don't have autism. ...Read more

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3 year old son does hand flapping when excited.

3 year old son does hand flapping when excited.

Normal Behavior: Not to worry. As long as his growth and development, behavior are age appropriate, he is fine. ...Read more

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Is hand flapping in 6 month old any cause of concern?

Is hand flapping in 6 month old any cause of concern?

It depends: on the rest of the picture. In an otherwise healthy infant with normal development and muscle tone, hand flapping is likely a transient expression of excitement. Abnormal hand movements that persist for months, worse, occur during sleep or are associated with other developmental problems is always a cause for concern until proven otherwise. ...Read more

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What can autistic people do to hide their hand flapping?

What can autistic people do to hide their hand flapping?

They can work with a: Behavioral therapist to substitute à more social-acceptable, less noticeable movement. Depending on their intellectual ability, they may also learn self-calming techniques. Very low doses of anti-anxiety medication prescribed by a psychiatrist or a developmental/behavioral pediatrician can help even those who have intellectual disability, as may a reminder to have " quiet hands.". ...Read more

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Autism and hand flapping?

Autism and hand flapping?

Self-stim: "hand-flapping" is a prominent form of self-stimulation. It is not clear why it is common in autism, but may have to do with anxiety, an inability to "connect" meaningfully outside of oneself (which seems to be what autistics have in common with blind or deaf persons, who also hand-flap and "stim" a lot), and/or difficulty with effective communication (like retarded persons, who often also "stim"). ...Read more

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