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Autism and hand flapping?
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Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: 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").

In brief: 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").
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
In brief: Odd question
Hand flapping is a cardinal symptom in autism, but is always associated with other symptoms.
The mechanism is because autism is evidence of a sick brain from biochemical changes and is not a psychological disorder.

In brief: Odd question
Hand flapping is a cardinal symptom in autism, but is always associated with other symptoms.
The mechanism is because autism is evidence of a sick brain from biochemical changes and is not a psychological disorder.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Hand flapping can also occur in conditions other than autism, e.g. being blind
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