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Can you tell me how I could stop autistic type hand flapping/motor movements?

Can you tell me how I could stop autistic type hand flapping/motor movements?

Movements: these repetitive hand movements seen both in autistic and Rett syndrome is at times considered " self stimulating" if, it also involve increase masturbation. No particular specific medication helpful, however worth mentioning would be Beta Blockers( Inderal) Another med Tegretol may help (Temporal lobe connection). Paxil, SSRI may decrease the obsessive intensity. small dose Haldol (haloperidol) ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Hand Flapping (Definition)

Hand flapping is a clinical finding in which a person outstretches their arms and raises their hands as if to stop traffic and they are unable to maintain this position, with the hand instead flapping downward. This can occur with a liver disease complication ...Read more


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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

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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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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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Hand flapping and crossing eyes?

Hand flapping and crossing eyes?

Needs eye exam: Your question has very little information. Nevertheless, crossing of the eyes is not normal. It is more worrisome in a child since their brain is developing so i suggest a pediatric ophthalmologist exam. Arm flapping is non-specific so i suggest a neurologist exam. ...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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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