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Doctor insights on: Juvenile Autistic Tendencies Arm Flapping

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Toddler speech delay and arm flapping autistic or not?

Toddler speech delay and arm flapping autistic or not?

Needs evaluation!: Bring your toddler in to your pediatrician and voice your concerns about his development. We screen for a variety of early behaviors that increase risk. Does your child smile and interact with others? Does he gesture and point? Does he seem to understand what you say? How is his hearing? Does he have good eye contact with you and others? What does his preschool teacher think? Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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My autistic son has odd arm movements. Is there anyway to stop this?

My autistic son has odd arm movements. Is there anyway to stop this?

Possibly: It sounds like you are describing stimming behavior or stereotypic movements or even a tic. They can be sensory seeking in nature, related to ocd or some other biomedical problem such as post infectious. The movements should be observed and evaluated by your son's provider. ...Read more

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My son who is a adult with autism, I notice his left upper are seems to be swollen or larger than his right upper arm, and a small bump ?

My son who is a adult with autism, I notice his left upper are seems to be swollen or larger than his right upper arm, and a small bump ?

A Stitch In Time...: If he exhibits a lot of pain in that area or if he is reluctant to use that arm or if the skin feels warmer than the other arm or the swelling increases then have him examined by a doctor. Sounds like he bumped or otherwise injured that area or an infection is brewing so if you have any doubts about it, get him checked sooner than later. ...Read more

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I have a 4 year old daughter, and ever since she was young she flaps her arms when's she's excited or happy. Could this be a sign of autism?

I have a 4 year old daughter, and ever since she was young she flaps her arms when's she's excited or happy. Could this be a sign of autism?

Unlikely...: Motor stimulation is common and normal in kids who are excited. Autism is characterized by difficulty with interpersonal relationships, communication, using language and abstract concepts. Does your daughter speak, make eye contact, and engage with you and others? If so, she is not autistic - enjoy the flapping because there is nothing better than a happy and excited kid. ...Read more

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How big of a red flag for autism is asymmetrical crawling. My baby is 8 months old and also will twirl her arm and wave left hand up and down on occas?

How big of a red flag for autism is asymmetrical crawling. My baby is 8 months old and also will twirl her arm and wave left hand up and down on occas?

It's more of a red : flag that she needs a neurological exam by her pediatrician. Depending on prenatal, perinatal & post-natal history, there may have been changes in development of the white matter of her brain on the side opposite the extremities she disregards or doesn't use as well. If deep tendon reflexes & muscle tone/strength are asymmetrical, an MRI & pediatric neurology consult are warranted. ...Read more

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My 2 years old daugther showing some signs of having autism. She spins in curcles; sometimes pluginnig her ears; do unusual gestures with her arms; has delay at speach;prettending that she is counting and putting in order her markers or spoons and forks;d

The American Academy: Of pediatrics recommends developmental surveillance with standardized screening tests at every well-child check + autism-specific screening at 18 & 24 mos. If not done, fill out the screening tests on firstsigns.Org; take her & the results to her doctor. Call your state's early intervention program for assessment & therapy for language delay or autism to promote optimal development. Good luck! ...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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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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