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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 ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...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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Living with Autism (Checklist)

Avoid rye
Once
Avoid barley
Once
Read labels for gluten
Once
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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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Why does an autistic child headbangs, rocking, twirling, spinning and hand flapping?

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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Living with Autism (Checklist)

Seek specialty consultation with a child neurdevelopmental specialist
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Contact local support groups to seek out resources in your area
Once
Coordinate care with your local physician
Once
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Can hand flapping be a symptom of anything besides autism?

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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Autism causes hand flapping?

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

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Living with Autism (Checklist)

Advocate for your child
daily
Use positive discipline
once
Practice social skills training
daily
Assess their academic environment for social and academic success
4x year
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Can "hand flapping" be from something besides autism?

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. Milroy Samuel
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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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