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Hand flapping continue in autistic adults?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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