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By February 5, 2011 - 9:46am
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My grandson has been hand flapping since 3 mo. old. He is 18 mos. old and started to walk at 16 mo. he still hand flaps, especially when excited but appears to be the only child in any given group to flap. I have noticed a slight inbalance to his walking. Lately he has been sticking fingers in ears. He does hear well - I think he does it to hear the difference. This past week he has been crawling when he could be walking - am I overly worried or is there something to be concerned about. Oh yes, he is very affectionate, curious and gives eye contact.

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Your welcome. Please keep us updated on what the physician says.

Good Luck.

February 5, 2011 - 11:15am

Luckily he does respond to his name, he is very affectionate and it does appear that the hand-flapping primarily is when excited. That said, we are watching out for other signs. Thank you for your response

February 5, 2011 - 11:12am
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Thank you for your question, Grandmadel.

Hand flapping is usually a common symptom to watch for in early detection of autism. Autism symptoms vary though and certainly should be checked out by a physician. Detection of autism is usually before age 3 in children.

Here are some common symptoms:
Social skills
Fails to respond to his or her name
Has poor eye contact
Appears not to hear you at times
Resists cuddling and holding
Appears unaware of others' feelings
Seems to prefer playing alone — retreats into his or her "own world"
Starts talking later than age 2, and has other developmental delays by 30 months
Loses previously acquired ability to say words or sentences
Doesn't make eye contact when making requests
Speaks with an abnormal tone or rhythm — may use a singsong voice or robot-like speech
Can't start a conversation or keep one going
May repeat words or phrases verbatim, but doesn't understand how to use them
Performs repetitive movements, such as rocking, spinning or hand-flapping
Develops specific routines or rituals
Becomes disturbed at the slightest change in routines or rituals
Moves constantly
May be fascinated by parts of an object, such as the spinning wheels of a toy car
May be unusually sensitive to light, sound and touch and yet oblivious to pain
If you suspect that your child may have autism, discuss your concerns with your doctor. The earlier treatment begins, the more effective it will be.

Could you kindly keep us updated on what you find out?

Here is additional information from the Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/autism/DS00348/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs.

Good luck and welcome to Empowher.

February 5, 2011 - 10:21am
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