Any arm flapping?????

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Any arm flapping?????
Sat, 07-26-2003 - 7:52pm
Just wondering if arm flapping is a Aspergers trait or more of a autsim thing? I know in full-autsim they do---but what about AS?

My son's not dx with AS--but this week he started this arm flapping stuff when he's excited. What's the whole issue behind the arm flapping?


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Registered: 04-05-2003
Sat, 07-26-2003 - 10:25pm
Hi Holly,

My 9 year old AS ds was an arm flapper and rocker. Everytime he got angry (over something that didn't go according to his plan of how it should be) or over stimulated (any social situation) the arms flapping and the rocking would start. Both "issues" almost went away when he started with the Luvox and Strattera. I think both things had to do with anxiety and both of those meds quell alot of their anxiety.

Good Luck


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 07-27-2003 - 10:46am
My son is a hand flapper. Although it has subsided some because of a hurt hand. But whenever things get tense his hands usually start flying.



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Registered: 11-05-1998
Mon, 07-28-2003 - 12:39pm
My 10 year old hand/arm flaps when he gets really excited or overstimulated, like when he watches his older brother play Nintendo and the action gets really intense.