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Why do autistic kids flap their hands around?

Do neurologists understand this behavior? It doesn't seem to be self-soothing like rocking back and forth. It looks so strange and disturbing.

by Anonymousreply 3509/14/2013

Here watch the video made by an autistic woman- it's incredibly interesting. She is able to write but not speak - she explains what she's doing. She doesn't explicitly state why she's waving her hands but tries to explain (through a synthetic voice) what's going on in her mind.

by Anonymousreply 201/08/2013

Hey I see a lot of hands flapping around in Soho too!

by Anonymousreply 401/08/2013

Just how many autism threads do you plan on starting?

OP = troll.

by Anonymousreply 601/08/2013

So you're saying he:


Do that....


by Anonymousreply 701/08/2013

So nobody know what causes this atavistic gesture?

by Anonymousreply 801/08/2013

R2's video reveals that women to be neurotypical enough to communicate her atypicality (ironic, I know). She never talks about the reasons for her behavior - was she actually interested in sharing her world, or just chastising us for not understanding it? It's like castigating someone for not understanding Egyptian hieroglyphics - you can't do that until you hand them a Rosetta Stone.

by Anonymousreply 901/08/2013

wow, r3, you starved your cat to make it cry out in hunger and you seem to think that starving people with autism will somehow ...what, exactly? cure them of autism? stop them from flapping their hands? meow for tuna?

if someone "forgot" to feed you would it cure you of your idiocy?

by Anonymousreply 1001/08/2013

Perhaps, OP, they were all unduly influenced by Leonardo DiCaprio's performance in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape."

by Anonymousreply 1101/08/2013


by Anonymousreply 1201/08/2013

It could be a side effect from the antipsychotic meds many autistic people take.

by Anonymousreply 1401/08/2013

They're flapping away the stench of your pussy.

by Anonymousreply 1501/08/2013

My cousin doesn't do this. He's 7 years old. OP is a sick $18 hooker-troll.

by Anonymousreply 1601/08/2013

R13, that isn't true. I know someone who was mentally ill who died of starvation, lived alone. Very sad.

by Anonymousreply 1701/08/2013

Jesus, R3, you are pathological. Poor cat.

by Anonymousreply 1801/08/2013

It has a name, the hand flapping, angelmans or something. I forget.

by Anonymousreply 1901/08/2013

There are many reasons for this behavior.

Some do it, when they are anxious, agitated, exited, nervous, and etc.

Non-autistic people flap their hands too, if they get excited after winning the lottery. They'll jump up and start flapping their hands.

They'll flap their hands, when they eat something too spicy.

Well, not quite in the same manner as am autistic, but the flapping is a reaction to the sensory overload.

by Anonymousreply 2001/09/2013

Tell us first why you do it OP.

by Anonymousreply 2101/09/2013

Haha R21, shaming OP by saying that he acts autistic is hilarious!

by Anonymousreply 2201/09/2013

Is it weird that I found r1's reply sort of sweet?

by Anonymousreply 2301/09/2013

Stimming releases tension and can be soothing. I don't flap my hands but I do other things like rock and hum deeply (the vibrations feel good).

by Anonymousreply 2501/09/2013

Has anyone here seen that beautiful Iams cat food commercial concerning Ziggy the cat opening up autistic boy Jake's very private world?

by Anonymousreply 2601/09/2013

Releases tension. It's like how normal people might yell or pound their hand on a table when mad. Maybe autistic people have tension build up to uncomfortable levels more quickly or often.

by Anonymousreply 2701/09/2013

Ok troll. Really?

You bumped a year old thread to say THAT??

Are you 8?

by Anonymousreply 2909/09/2013

Dat's duh suck job, OP!

by Anonymousreply 3009/09/2013

Fank you!!!

by Anonymousreply 3109/09/2013

Not rocket science. Have you ever "had it up to here and are about to lose your mind?" You flap. Now, imagine feeling like that much of the time. You'd flap.

by Anonymousreply 3209/09/2013
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