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Hand flapping

so my son has Aspergers and the professionals are always asking if he flaps his hands. I always said no because I thought it was an 'upset' motion but I noticed last week that he does flap his hands when he is happy or excited. Same thing of different?


Asked by Anonymous at 8:07 PM on Apr. 4, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • Yes, that is the hand flapping they are referring to. And some ASD kids do it when they are feeling any intense emotion, whether it be happy, sad, mad, or just plain bored. My ds does it alot.

    Answer by spiritguide_23 at 9:29 PM on Apr. 4, 2010

  • Maybe it's when he's highly stimulated emotionally.

    Answer by Amber211 at 8:10 PM on Apr. 4, 2010

  • yep my son flaps when he is happy and excited, not when he isupset. And he doesn't necessarily do both hands LOL. He also flicks his fingers alot

    Answer by myheartx4 at 8:18 PM on Apr. 4, 2010

  • This would be what they are asking about....

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 8:19 PM on Apr. 4, 2010

  • My son hand-flapped with any type of stress, happy stress or unhappy stress. So, if he was excited, he'd flap his hands, and if he were upset, he'd flap his hands, and if he were anxious or nervous, he'd flap his hands, etc. But now that he's a teen, he doesn't really do it much anymore.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:57 AM on Apr. 5, 2010

  • I guess it depends on the age of the child. Most young children do flap their hands when they are excited. I wouldn't say that any child that flaps is autistic. It's a common behavior in young children.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:25 AM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • I think its the same.

    Answer by sstepph at 10:36 AM on Sep. 15, 2010