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My son opens and closes his hands a lot randomly when showing different emotions. Is this normal?

I just know there is a stigma with autism so it makes me worry. He has no other concerns makes great eye contact and has 30 + words. He always did this as a baby too. Just wondered if others have little ones that do this too. We call it his happy hands!

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:19 PM on Jan. 28, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • do you make hand gestures when engaged in conversation? do you know a lot of adults (and children) who do? it is a normal human expression... I would not worry at all.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 5:28 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • I just learned about this in class today.. my instructor said it could be a sign of autism, but in lots of other cases its just a way to simulate. Little babies do it,( looking at hands, opening and closing them,) and so do adults, (tapping a pencil, shaking of the leg,) if you think about it. Does he do other random things? My son shakes (lol) when hes angry or very happy haha. Like a lil dog. If it bothers you there is always a doctor to call and ask or get tests.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:40 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • Thanks!!

    Good to know I never thought about it that way. I shake my leg all the time!! He definatly has no other signs of autism. I think he is ahead of the game socially!

    He definatly is the mover shaker twice. I guess it could be his body language :)

    I did mention it to ped and he said it doesnt bother him in the least! I just wanted to hear if other kiddos do it :)


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:46 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • Maybe he is trying to communicate with you like baby sign language?

    Answer by Pristine_Dream at 8:52 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • It is completely normal, just like us adults when we talk some of us use our hands to talk.

    Answer by RutterMama at 10:14 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

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