Is hand flapping always linked to autism?

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Mar 6, 2007
 
My husband and I are very concerned about our 2 year old. She has always had this "gesture" she does with her hands when she is excited and I think that it's hand flapping. She holds her hands up to ear/eye level when excited and then her left hand is in a fist and her right hand appears "cupped" and flaps up and down. Usually her mouth opens into an "O" shape while she does this. She's affectionate for the most part, has no problem with changes in routine and seems to play with toys appropriately. On the other hand, she doesn't use 2-3 words together unless she's repeating them, doesn't seem interested in playing with others unless it involves something stimulating to her (e.g., running around, dancing, etc.) and for the most part does not follow directions. We're concerned that she may have autism. We're getting her evaluated but I was interested in your opinions as well.
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Mar 15, 2007
 
Susan wrote:
My husband and I are very concerned about our 2 year old. She has always had this "gesture" she does with her hands when she is excited and I think that it's hand flapping. She holds her hands up to ear/eye level when excited and then her left hand is in a fist and her right hand appears "cupped" and flaps up and down. Usually her mouth opens into an "O" shape while she does this. She's affectionate for the most part, has no problem with changes in routine and seems to play with toys appropriately. On the other hand, she doesn't use 2-3 words together unless she's repeating them, doesn't seem interested in playing with others unless it involves something stimulating to her (e.g., running around, dancing, etc.) and for the most part does not follow directions. We're concerned that she may have autism. We're getting her evaluated but I was interested in your opinions as well.
My son flaps his hands and he has Asperger's. It is best to get her evaluated by someone who specializes in the area of Autism.

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My son never hand flapped but still has autism. He has a cousin and when she was younger, did this when she was excitied, all the time. She doesn't have any form of autism. Most stimming behaviors are thought to help the child with autism calm themselves.

There are other medical conditions that can also cause such behaviors, along with the lack of longer sentences and sensory issues. Finding a good Peds. neurologist besides an autism evaultion would be a good idea. It could be autism, it could be something else.
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Oct 11, 2011
 
My daughter will be 19 months and she also flaps her arms in excitement of a tv show. She says words points to pictures when asked to. She tries to feed my newborn. She tries to help with cleaning. She ignores me sometimes. That could get frustrating. I think if you give some time they will catch up. Every child develops at their own pace. They also have different personalities to consider as well.

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What horrible off topic things to say, to anyone. It was neither productive nor helpful.
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What horrible off topic things to say, to anyone. It was neither productive nor helpful.
Its realistic, and a warning for these parents to pay attention to the vaccine autism connection. Too many parents believe the lies and their children end up like mine, unable to function and a seizure disorder. These people might have a chance to save their child if they open their eyes NOW! I would call that heplful and hopefully productive. I know you don't care about vaccine injured children, but I do.
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Hey, I see you have what you could call a colleague, unless Smokersreak is an alias for YOU, ABombastic. Which is entirely possible, judging from the way you try to hornswaggle people into what you think. Did you ever try civil, honest conversation with these folk who are in the same boat as you? It just might work. But this bullying, overly authoritative stance you maintain is offensive and a virtual turnoff to the dedicated parents and doctors who are forced by the open text to listen to your drivel. By the way, did you HEAR that there is a new sheriff in town?

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Pay attention to location. It is Winnipeg, Canada playing the game of changing his written name, which he does all the time. This is why I refer to him as Winnipeg, Canada.
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I'm the new sheriff in town, blah blah, I'm going to puke, blah blah.
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Those doctors won't help. They'll recommend meds and tell you to keep vaccinating. Your child is doomed.
Who the hell do you think you are, FBomb, telling not one but two mothers that their child is doomed if they vaccinate. The word doomed is enough to categorize you as a psycho, sociopath and/or nutjob who is incapable of giving anybody any advice at all. How dare you scare people with your doomsday revelations. How dare you use your own freaky agenda to put doubts in the minds of concerned parents. You are one, so worry about your own child without impinging on others' handling of their family situations. Hope a rabid raccoon bites you in the butt, which is what you deserve, lady.
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Another round of rants from non-contributing friend of you know who and dopey you know who.
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Sounds like the next round of vaccines will put her into an autism she'll suffer from for life.
This comment is beyond irresponsible. Are you a doctor? There is NO credible link between Autism and vaccines. You should keep your opinions to yourself unless they are informed by the medical profession.
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This comment is beyond irresponsible. Are you a doctor? There is NO credible link between Autism and vaccines. You should keep your opinions to yourself unless they are informed by the medical profession.
Do some research fool. Vaccines maim and kill.

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Cars and planes and trains maim and kill. Over the counter products maim and kill. What Winnipeg, Canada can never explain with evidence why millions who have used cars, planes, trains, over the counter products and vaccines are not maimed or dead.
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Also, what the Winnipeg dummy conveniently forgets is that NOT vaccinating can maim and kill.

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That's is true. 10 infants too young for being fully vaccinated for pertussis died from others sharing their germs who were not vaccinated. There have been 118,794 Vaccine Preventable Illnesses, 1,171 Vaccine Preventable Deaths and 0 Autism Diagnoses Scientifically Linked to Vaccines from June 3, 2007 to July 13, 2013.
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That's is true. 10 infants too young for being fully vaccinated for pertussis died from others sharing their germs who were not vaccinated. There have been 118,794 Vaccine Preventable Illnesses, 1,171 Vaccine Preventable Deaths and 0 Autism Diagnoses Scientifically Linked to Vaccines from June 3, 2007 to July 13, 2013.
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The Winnipeg dummy is so dim, that he can't even read or understand what I said in my last post. I said:-

NOT vaccinating CAN maim or kill.

Which of these simple words is too difficult for him to understand.
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Joe Krupinski v FBomb wrote:
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Who the hell do you think you are, FBomb, telling not one but two mothers that their child is doomed if they vaccinate. The word doomed is enough to categorize you as a psycho, sociopath and/or nutjob who is incapable of giving anybody any advice at all. How dare you scare people with your doomsday revelations. How dare you use your own freaky agenda to put doubts in the minds of concerned parents. You are one, so worry about your own child without impinging on others' handling of their family situations. Hope a rabid raccoon bites you in the butt, which is what you deserve, lady.
I wish Krapinski would come back. That yokel was fun even if he was dumb as a bag of carrots.

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My son never hand flapped but still has autism. He has a cousin and when she was younger, did this when she was excitied, all the time. She doesn't have any form of autism. Most stimming behaviors are thought to help the child with autism calm themselves.
There are other medical conditions that can also cause such behaviors, along with the lack of longer sentences and sensory issues. Finding a good Peds. neurologist besides an autism evaultion would be a good idea. It could be autism, it could be something else.
Good Luck
Sometimes stimming can occur when the person is doing some very intense thinking.

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