With today’s easy access to the Internet, it is common for many of us to try and diagnose our own symptoms and ailments; however, even if your symptoms come to a match, it does not necessarily mean that you have that particular diagnosis that shows up on your computer. The same can be said with children. If you notice what might be a ‘red flag’ in your child, it does not automatically imply that your child has something ‘wrong’ with him/her. One such ‘red flag’ that many parents get overly worried by is the action of hand flapping. It should be noted that hand flapping can occur for many different reasons, and not only in children with Autism.
Hand flapping can occur due to:
- High engine level/Arousal level
- Habitual behavior
- Decreased body awareness (child does not even know he is doing it)
Overall, it is important to keep in mind that every child is unique and reacts to various situations in a different manner as well as with different mannerisms. Be sure to reach out to your child’s teachers and therapists if you notice that your child using hand flapping behaviors, so that you may all be on the same page in relation to treating this behavior. It is important to monitor when the hand flapping occurs in order to look for trends. If hand flapping does occur with other “red-flag” behaviors, talk to your pediatrician or a Pediatric Therapist.