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Hand shaking

My daughter shakes her hands from the wrist when she gets excited. I thought she would outgrow it but she is not 18 and she does it as much as ever. It is especially pronounced when she is watching an exciting movie. It looks very strange and she gets strange looks from people. I talked to several people about it and none of them feel that she has any other symptoms of autism or Aspergers. I can’t see that does any harm, but socially it is very awkward.

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  1. Hi Joan,
    Hand flapping is fairly common in developmentally typical children. Like you mentioned, it happens when someone is excited or in a highly emotional state. When the flapping bothers the child, I refer them to behavioral therapy where they can learn to control the impulse over time. If it does not bother your daughter, then therapy is not needed.

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  2. Hi, I have a son who has done similar things from birth, but his is Tourette syndrome. His dad has it but he does different stuff like winks a lot, bounces his leg, etc. Things my son does is when he gets excited, he will jump around, moves his arms or hands, can’t sit still if he tries. If he’s playing a video game he will bounce in his chair. We’ve also come to realize he has possible Aspergers too in the last year. He’s now 11. I don’t know if your daughter would have Tourettes if that’s the only thing she does when she’s excited, some kids just do certain things. But if there are more, like blinking, or other involuntary movements, it may be a mild case. I am no doctor. Some people just have certain ticks they do, and it’s not Tourettes. Whatever it is, she may outgrow it eventually. I just read your question and it instantly reminds me of my son when he gets excited. I’ve never met another kid who has involuntary movements when they’re excited like that.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Elizabeth!

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  3. My son is 2 he will be 3 in December he also does the wrist thing and makes a scrunched up face ever time his emotions seen to be overwhelming he rocks alot to ive taped to his Dr she says its normal way of expressing himself but I’m thinking couldn’t be something more serious! How do u deal with people I just tell them hes just figuring out how to express his emotions and they seem to leave it at that.

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