Unusual Finger Movements

Video Summary

Many children on the spectrum exhibit a variety of stereotyped and repetitive behaviors, including flicking their fingers by their eyes or moving their hands quickly back and forth. These behaviors may start as hand flapping in the first year of life, but can evolve into more complex motor mannerisms as the child grows. Although brief, these behaviors are obvious, unusual to others, and a warning sign that the child may not be developing typically.

"Unusual finger movements can be particularly alarming for parents; as this could be a major cue that the child is not developing typically."
— Alexander Kolevzon, MD


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    • unusual finger movements near eyes
    • complex mannerisms/stereotypies
    • hand and finger mannerisms
    • hand flapping
    • seeks sensory stimulation
    • sensory stimulation

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