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Doctor insights on: Strange Toddler Hand Movements Autism

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Dr. William Holmes Dr. Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
30 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can a child have autism if they don't express repetitive movements?

Can a child have autism if they don't express repetitive movements?

Yes: Repetitive or stereotyped movements are frequently seen in autism, but it is possible for a child to be autistic without such movements.

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


Dr. Rudolf Brutoco Dr. Brutoco
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
40 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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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").

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky Dr. Belilovsky
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Autism causes hand flapping?

Autism causes hand flapping?

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

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen Dr. Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
35 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Do people with asperger's or autism do hand flapping?

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.

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Dr. Timothy Gunn Dr. Gunn
Clinical Psychology
9 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Does every baby that flaps his hands have autism or some other brain problem?

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

No: 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.

Dr. Arthur Hoffman Dr. Hoffman
Psychiatry
53 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Can "hand flapping" be from something besides autism?

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.

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Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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My two year old hand flaps, but does not have any other signs of autism. What could be happening?

Hand-flapping when: 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. William Singer Dr. Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
47 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Is a single transverse palmarcrease in both hands correlated to autism or disorders in the spectrum?

Not necessarily: There are people who have single palmar creases who are absolutely normal individuals.

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Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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A 14 month old raises his hands around bright lights, gruntsand exhales. He is delayed, has curved pinky finger, eats non-food items and has a short neck. Autism?

A 14 month old raises his hands around bright lights, gruntsand exhales. He is delayed, has curved pinky finger, eats non-food items and has a short neck. Autism?

Neurodevelopmental: 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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Dr. Holly Maes Dr. Maes
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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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?

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: 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 Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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15 mth old crosses her middle and index fingers on 1 hand. She's advanced mentally. She can bear weight on legs but isn't walking. Could it be autism?

15 mth old crosses her middle and index fingers on 1 hand. She's advanced mentally. She can bear weight on legs but isn't walking. Could it be autism?

Gross motor delays &: Involuntary posturing may be signs of Cerebral Palsy or genetic neuromuscular diseases like congenital myopathies & mitochondrial diseases, not Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Upper limits of normal for walking = 16 mos. If her muscle tone/strength & deep tendon reflexes are abnormal & she has fine &/or gross motor delays on screening (firstsigns. Org), she needs to see a pediatric neurologist.

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Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Stephanie Chuipek Dr. Chuipek
Pediatrics
35 years in practice
Dartmouth Medical School
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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?

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: 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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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Is my toddler losing balance linked to autism?

Is my toddler losing balance linked to autism?

Not necessarily: Refined cruising, walking and running are part of the progression to normal motor skills of kids. The early toddler period is marked by occasional falls as the kid tries to master the new skills. Autistic children may have problems in movement and balance like other kids but it is not a defining feature.

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Dr. Robert GalatzerLevy Dr. GalatzerLevy
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
46 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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If my toddler won't potty train or talk, could he have autism?

Depends on age: Children vary a lot in when they develop these skills. Many toddlers don't do either for a long time. If the child is emotionally relating to you it probably is not autism but you should review his or her development with you pediatrician if you are worried.

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Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Dr. Farhad Sigari Dr. Sigari
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
16 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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. ?

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 doesn't cause significant problems - often will resolve (but does need to be followed to make sure that it does or doesn't cause significant hearing loss). I generally don't recommend maneuvers such as you describe.

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Dr. Laura McMullen Dr. McMullen
Pediatrics
17 years in practice
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Athetoid wrist movements with in six month child with odd color eyes (dark brown (l) and bright blue (r). Concern? Thank you-- from birth to about six months, my granddaughter had writhing movements in her wrists. At times she also seemed to extend her to

Athetoid wrist movements with in six month child with odd color eyes (dark brown (l) and bright blue (r). Concern? Thank you-- from birth to about six months, my granddaughter had writhing movements in her wrists. At times she also seemed to extend her to

Heterochromia: Heterochromia is the scientific name for someone with 2 different colored eyes. It can be genetic (like in your granddaughter's case) or acquired. There are a few syndromes or diseases associated with heterochromia such as sturge-weber, waardenburg's syndrome, or parry-romberg syndrome, but they have many other obvious physical abnormalities which it does not appear that your granddaughter has. Most people with heterochromia are completely healthy and normal. Some famous folks with it are actresses kate bosworth, mila kunis and jane seymour or actors keifer sutherland and christopher walken. I am not sure what to make of her abnormal movements, but it is very reassuring that she is progressing well developmentally. You should continue to keep an eye on her development, and discuss any concerns with her pediatrician. Good luck!

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Does cycling with hand movement can help in reducing belly?

Does cycling with hand movement can help in reducing belly?

Exercise: I am stumped as to what you mean by 'hand movement' but this does not in any way sound like a valid exercise that would increase metabolism of excess calories.

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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 ...Read more