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Autism causes hand flapping?

13 doctors weighed in
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In brief: Repetitive...

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

In brief: Repetitive...

...Activities are one of several diagnostic criteria for autism.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Timothy Gunn
I agree and I would add that hand flapping MAY be a sign of autism, but autism does not necessarily CAUSE autism.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Association

hand flapping is frequently seen in children with autism.
It is usually thought to reflect a high level of anxiety.

In brief: Association

hand flapping is frequently seen in children with autism.
It is usually thought to reflect a high level of anxiety.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Just one symptom

One fascinating aspect of autism is the wide array of unusual, sometimes nearly unique behaviors, associated with it.
Hand-flapping, finger-flicking, body twirling, and other perseverative behaviors (collectively called stereotypies) are among such behaviors. They occur in many but by no means all children with autism. The underlying cause of the behavior remains unknown.

In brief: Just one symptom

One fascinating aspect of autism is the wide array of unusual, sometimes nearly unique behaviors, associated with it.
Hand-flapping, finger-flicking, body twirling, and other perseverative behaviors (collectively called stereotypies) are among such behaviors. They occur in many but by no means all children with autism. The underlying cause of the behavior remains unknown.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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