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Why does my son flaps his arms when excited?

Why does my son flaps his arms when excited?

Hand flapping is a form of vestibular stimming. Children may be doing this when they are feeling strong emotions, such as being excited to play a game. This behaviour may also be self-soothing when they experience overwhelming anxiety.

Why does my 1 year old flap his arms?

Other times when hand flapping can be observed in children (both verbal and non-verbal) is when they are trying to express or communicate to others around them. It is viewed as them trying to express that they are: happy, excited, anxious, or angry.

When should I be concerned about arm flapping?

Hand flapping is usually seen when the child is in a heightened emotional state, such as excited or anxious, and sometimes even upset. Parents are often concerned when they see hand flapping because it can be one of the signs seen in children with autism.

Why does my baby keep flapping his arms?

A child at risk for autism might move their hands, fingers, or other body parts in an odd and repetitive manner. Some examples are: arm flapping, stiffening arms and/or legs, and twisting of wrists. At around 9 to 12 months, infants usually begin “baby talk”, or cooing.

How do I stop hand flapping?

Below are a few strategies which can be used to decrease hand flapping across environments, at home, school, and in the therapy setting:

  1. Squeezing a ball or small fidget toy.
  2. Squeezing “theraputty”, playdough or clay.
  3. Pressing hands together firmly (in a prayer position)

What does it mean when your child flaps his arms?

Although, I call it hand flapping it is more like a palsy movement and stiffening of hands and arms. He does this when he is excited or tired. It appears he holds it in during school, but on the drive home I will see him flapping as if he has built up all this excitement and needs to get it out.

How old is my son with hand flapping?

I have a son that is almost 4 yrs old. He is very social, articulate, and loves preschool. He interacts with his friends and adults normally and has a sweet disposition. Since he was one year old I have been concerned with his “hand flapping.” Although, I call it hand flapping it is more like a palsy movement and stiffening of hands and arms.

How old is your child when he waggles his arms?

There are many different elements to his stimming – finger wiggling, arm flapping, toe pointing and wiggling, clothes pulling, body stiffening and others depending on his mood! He is now 13 years old but was diagnosed with CMS (Complex Motor Stereotypies) at 6 years of age.

Is the flapping of the arm a sign of autism?

Hand flapping or, arm flapping, has become one of the more popularly recognized signs of autism. As with any concept that becomes well known, we have to deal with both the positives and negatives of it.

Is it normal for a 3 year old to flap his arms?

Q: My son is 3-years-old. When he was almost 2, I noticed he would “flap” his arms and hands whenever he got really excited about something. Now he will sometimes go into “fits” of hopping, arm flapping, humming, and grinding his teeth all at once.

Why is my son hopping and arm flapping?

Now he will sometimes go into “fits” of hopping, arm flapping, humming, and grinding his teeth all at once. When I bring it to his attention and tell him to stop, he does.

How can I get my son to stop flapping his hands?

Simple behavioral therapy can help a child learn to control impulsive hand flapping. My son will be 6 soon. He has flapped his hands, when excited, since he was a baby.

When does the hopping and arm flapping stop?

With time (6-9 months) these behaviors should disappear, but if they do not or you see new behaviors that concern you or do not stop when you ask him to.