how to stop hand flapping in autistic children

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Autism and hand flapping?

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"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")
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Autism causes hand flapping?

Repetitive...

...activities are one of several diagnostic criteria for autism.
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Dr. Arthur Hoffman answered:

Can "hand flapping" be from something besides autism?

Yes

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I am not clear what you are seeing. The impt.thing is to do is speak with your doctor and clear this up.
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do people with asperger's or autism do hand flapping?

Sometimes

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This movement can be common, can be present all the time or can only be there a little bit, or sometimes not at all. Each individual with autism is an individual. If it is present, I consider it significant. If it is absent it doesn't mean autism is not present.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke answered:

Can hand flapping be a symptom of anything besides autism?

Just flapping

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Not all children with "stereotypies,"repetitive motor movements that seem to have no function, have Autism. A two-year old who hand-flaps when excited, but has normal social communication and no other signs of Autism. may be developing typically. Less commonly, stereotypies persist into school-age. Tics and compulsions can look like stereotypies. Video it for your pediatrician to check it out.
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Dr. Timothy Gunn answered:

Does every baby that flaps his hands have autism or some other brain problem?

No

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Hand flapping could be a passing stage. It does not always indicate autism or brain disorder. It should likely be monitored for a period of time to see if it continues. Also, I would be more concerned if other symptoms were present at the same. For example, speech delay, lack of eye contact, lack of interest in their surroundings. insistence on nonfunctional routines, etc.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke answered:

My two year old hand flaps, but does not have any other signs of autism. What could be happening?

Hand-flapping when

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excited, head-banging & insistence on night-time rituals are all seen in neurotypical 2-year-olds. Use the developmental screens on firstsigns.org , then talk to your pediatrician if there are developmental delays or signs of Autism. Customize HealthyChildren.org or the app for your child's age for useful tips on development & behavior.
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Dr. Holly Maes answered:

My 14 month old sits on his knees raises his hands (usually around bright lights) , grunts, shakes, and exhales. He is delayed. Is this autism?

Only 1 symptom

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The diagnosis of autism requires your child to have a certain number of criteria to make the diagnosis. While the movement you are describing sounds like it might meet be one of the criteria, there MUST be a constellation of criteria to actually diagnose. You need to see a professional who is skilled in this area so appropriate diagnosis can be made and the right treatment initiated
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Dr. Johanna Fricke answered:

14 month old raises hands around bright lights, grunts, exhales. He is delayed. Has curved pinky finger, eats nonfood items,short neck. Autism?

Neurodevelopmental

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Disorders of genetic origin can present with Dysmorphism (unusual physical features), developmental delays & autistic behaviors. The ASQ & the M-CHAT screening tests are at firstsigns.org. A pediatric visit with the results may lead to referral to a Developmental/ Behavioral Pediatrician. Also, your state's Early Intervention Program can assess development & provide therapy without a diagnosis.
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My 11 month old is walking, babbling, and smiling/making eye contact. My only concern is that he doesn't do hand gestures. Is this an autism concern?

Not at all

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in fact, the babbling is far more important, and many children develop pointing and gesturing skills closer to 13-15 mos of age.
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