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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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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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Anyone heard of natural way to clear fluid for child ears. I tried cupping ear w my hands to create pressure/movement and it seemed to clear fluid. ?

Prevention is best: Prevention is best. One easy manner is to not feed the child while the child is laying flat. Always feed while upright if possible. Chronic fluid that accumulates doesnt cause significant problems - often will resolve (but does need to be followed to make sure that it does or doesnt cause significant hearing loss). I generally don't recommend maneuvers such as you describe. ...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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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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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

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My autistic son got a sliver in his hand. I thought i got it all but now he has a hard blister thing. He is scared of Dr. Can I treat at home?

Chancy: Sounds like part of the sliver remains and that there is an inflammatory reaction around it. It may be infected. You should consult your doctor about what you are dealing with and how best to manage. ...Read more

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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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