Thomas һаѕ many repetitive behaviors аחԁ many stims. Tһе experts ѕау bесаυѕе һе һаѕ ѕοmе social skills аחԁ bесаυѕе һе mаkеѕ ɡοοԁ eye contact sometimes tһаt һе іѕ NOT autistic. Wһаt ԁο уου tһіחk?

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25 Responses to “Thomas stims and hand flaps…is this autism?”
  1. momtosonwithasd says:

    Please GOOGLE ASD. hand flapping, spinning, rocking, stimming of any kind… stacking, lining up things, basically having OCD IS a sign of ASD.

  2. emu143 says:

    Have you ever gotten him evaluated for ADD or ADHD? It’s very possible that he has that. I have ADHD and when I was a child I used to do (and still do) repetitive behaviors like that, but it was because of the hyperactivity, not autism. I’m in college now, but I still move like crazy. I have to bring a stress ball to lecture courses or I go insane.

  3. HroseG says:

    Has anyone seen the video of the little girl with childhood schizophrenia named Jani? She stims by hand flapping and rubbing her palms which is something commonly found in autism as well.

    The stims look very similar

  4. happynurse63 says:

    Ben is cold towards most adults (even me), but towards other children he is very social, most times too much so. He gets grabby (not in a mean way) and aggressive and doesn’t know when it is enough! I am very careful to watch for other children who don’t understand and often pull Ben away before another child gets frustrated and lashes back at him.

    He is 8 years old now.

  5. amy617747803 says:

    he hand flaps and rocks back and fourth i think it is but i am no doctor get him check by a doctor to make sure

  6. tashiep1 says:

    my son does similair things and is in no way on the autistic spectrum . he has motor steroetypy and nothing more. do not worry.

  7. gorramdoll says:

    occasionally, non-autistic people stim. sometimes they are people with no disability; other times they are people with intellectual disabilities. 10% of non-disabled children stim and presumably stop stimming when they get older.

    On the other hand, I think that medical professionals sometimes rely on stereotypes when they are diagnosing people with ASDs. They assume that all ASD people are cold and distant. Some ASD kids can be affectionate and even enjoy eye contact.

  8. instagasm says:

    the “experts” you talk about are full of shit. pardon my language.he may not have CLASSIC autism. but he is in the autism SPECTRUM which is a very wide range.

  9. belinda9696 says:

    My son is 10 years old now. He has “mild” autism and my pediatrician did not diagnose him with it. I took him to a neurologist to get it diagnosed. He also gave good eye contact and smiled like a typical child, but his speech was delayed and he could sit for a long time doing one thing. He also liked to line up blocks and cars instead of building with them. . But otherwise he acted pretty normal. He is in a typical classroom at school but has an aide. made A/B honor roll in 4th grade.

  10. icareful says:

    It really is just a mild form of Tourettes, so you have to tell him gently to try to do that less and less. You let him shake his wrist muscles, for a long time and now it’s going to be hard to stop. Read about habit reversal, but he can develop another habit. It’s easier to get rid of a habit within the first 20 days and it can be in any muscle group he uses most. The area that feels tense needs to be rubbed or he’ll flick the muscle, shake it anything to relieve the tension. Buy Threelac.

  11. tanyatsoutsos says:

    Hand flapping is a fairly typical sign of autism spectrum disorder, and it’s very rare that a neurotypical child performs these stimming behaviors. Get him into therapy as soon as possible and he’ll be fine! ;) Seems like his speech is much better than most autistic children’s at this age, not too terribly delayed.

  12. waarce says:

    My son has significant stimming behaviors, is verbal, but speech delayed. He is aggressive and goes around saying incoherences. Your son, maybe Aspergers or PDD-NOS. However, he seems to be playing appropriately with his toys, has back to back engagemement with you so I’ll say that he does not have autism in the classic sense, but may be in the spectrum. His verbal skills appears not to be delayed.

  13. stupidvids0 says:

    get him checked fast,
    my friend has
    the hand flapping and he talks slow
    every once and a while he gos into a super flapping mode and is really noisy dont let your child get like him

  14. lordpasternack says:

    The thing with autistic traits in individuals is that they are on quite a long sliding scale – from the most profoundly affected, to those who lack even a pinch of any traits. There’s no real cut and dry distinction between “normal” and autistic.

    Many individuals (myself included) have noticeable autistic traits, but are “normal” enough to get by and not stand out too much in the social arena. I’d probably just keep a casual eye on his quirks and leave him be until anything else pops up.

  15. needsmospeed says:

    I work in the field of behavior modification, focusing on individuals with autism. to clear up some confusion on aspergers and high functioning autism(HFA). the difference lies in the time in which speech was developed. for those with aspergers speech developed on course with the typical child and for HFA it was delayed. if there is any reason you feel that your child might have any deficit, contact your doctor. let them rule out any physical reasons (seizures and such) and get a psych review

  16. faerinn says:

    Anyway: I hope that you find experts that can help Thomas, so that he gets the support that he needs. With or without the diagnosis.

  17. faerinn says:

    Autism Spectrum Disorders are hard diagnosis to make though, cause the symptoms can vary a lot from child to child. Some clinicians don’t diagnose Autism if the signs aren’t clear enough, because of the consequences of such a diagnosis for the further life of the child/adult. And, Asperger is very difficult to diagnose because of the lack of a good, consistent, universal definition. It isn’t clear at this point if Autism and Asperger are one and the same, or a different dissorder.

  18. faerinn says:

    I’m a master student in clinical psychology and know a lot about developmental disorders. Off course I’m a student, so I don’t have the field experience, nor can I give you a diagnosis without the proper tests and alone on this video. It seems though that this could be on the Autism Spectrum and maybe: “Aspergers Syndrome”: social response and speech is normaly developped in this group.

  19. PROPHETPAUL3 says:

    Two of my children flap and so does their dad they have all had intervention services. I went through child find for an evaluation and DDRC works with the baby. Two of my other children have IEP’s through the public school and their services. They have all come a long way.

  20. waldhunde says:

    My son has eye contact too, though he has autism.

  21. threeredheads says:

    I am going through the same thing. Months of specialists and no diagnosis yet. EI denied us as my toddler passed the age level but she does many things tht your son is doing. It feels like we are alone at times. Did you son get diagnosed yet?

  22. georgiapeach1959 says:

    lining up objects is a sign and also the rocking and hand flapping. Get him evaluated asap. Early intervention is the key!

  23. MOMOF1JAKE says:

    Classic preliminary signs. What a gorgeous little boy!

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  25. motheroffire4 says:

    I saw your son and he is adorable! Your son seems to be more on the low functioning side and my son seems to be more on the high functioning side. I believe that he has Aspergers Syndrome, which is different than traditional autism. Thank you for your post..

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