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

Dr. Balminder Mangat
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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 ...Read more

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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


Dr. Johanna Fricke
Board Certified, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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What can autistic people do to hide their hand flapping?

Dr. Johanna Fricke
Board Certified, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Glen Elliott
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Hand flapping continue in autistic adults?

Dr. Glen Elliott
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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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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
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Why does an autistic child headbangs, rocking, twirling, spinning and hand flapping?

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Why does an autistic child headbangs, rocking, twirling, spinning and hand flapping?

Typical symptoms: Autism is a biochemical disorder and these symptoms are typical of a sick brain. You need to see a physician who has been trained by "defeat autism now". The headquarters of the organizaion is in san diego and they cangive you directions. ...Read more

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Autism causes hand flapping?

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Repetitive...: ...Activities are one of several diagnostic criteria for autism. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Can hand flapping be a symptom of anything besides autism?

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Just flapping: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
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Can "hand flapping" be from something besides autism?

Dr. Arthur Hoffman
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Yes: I am not clear what you are seeing. The impt.Thing is to do is speak with your doctor and clear this up. ...Read more

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Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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Autism and hand flapping?

Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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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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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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Do people with asperger's or autism do hand flapping?

Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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Do people with  asperger's or autism do hand flapping?

Sometimes: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. John Goldman
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Hand flapping in adults?

Dr. John Goldman
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Hand flapping in adults?

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

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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a developmental disorder occurring in the first 3 years of life that results in abnormal development of social and communication skills. The causes ...Read more


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