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My son has been really doing alot of self stimming lately, (more than usual), I was wondering if anyone out here had any advice or experience in ways to help me divert my son from doing them. He is constantly verbalizing and hand flapping. My usual methods seemed to not faze him anymore and I need help. Any and all advice is welcomed.
Thanks

Sherry
jtsmom My son Mark (NT) did ALOT of "stimming" (flapping hands in peripheral eyesight) until I discovered that he has an impaction to the colon, and is VERY casein intolerant. In his case, the removal of ALL dairy (including milk solids in processed foods) got rid of not only the "stimming" but the migraines and muscular skeletal aches (and stomach cramps due to the impaction). I never would have figured it out if his sister didn't have severe multiple food allergies. His sister is just four, no longer obviously autistic, and strictly GFCF (and phenol foods as well). Maybe you should make a food diary, and see if one particular food is eaten more frequently during the heavy "stimming" periods. (For instance lots of diary products = lots of stimming). Write down everything he eats on the left with behaviors to the right. It won't take long to see a pattern if there is one. A "food rotation diet" would help even more with this: Doris Rapp has great guidelines for this in her book "Is This Your Child". I would never believe this, if I didn't see it first hand. My daughter was VERY self-injourious last year at three, that ended with removal of gluten (casein was already gone). Most common allergic foods: wheat (ll gluten wheat, barley, rye, oats), dairy, corn, nuts, citris, shellfish, actually any kid can be allergic to anything.
I am interested in hearing more about "stimming". Our son who just turned six does something that we think is similar to this. He is in regular Kindergarten, extrememely verbal and has not had a diagnosis, but he has some quirky behavior. He has a rubber snake (or uses something that wiggles) he will sit and wiggle it while he acts out some kind of scenario in his head (he narrates it) Whatever is going on in his head has nothing to do with the object he is wiggling. He is aware of other conversations going on and at times has been listening to them while doing this type of behavior. He is not tuned out to the world while this is going on. Any advice on this would be GREATLY appreciated.
[QUOTE=jtsmom]My son has been really doing alot of self stimming lately, (more than usual), I was wondering if anyone out here had any advice or experience in ways to help me divert my son from doing them. He is constantly verbalizing and hand flapping. My usual methods seemed to not faze him anymore and I need help. Any and all advice is welcomed.
Thanks

Sherry[/QUOTE]

Hi Sherry:

My 6 year old autistic son is highly verbal and stims a lot. We have him on 2 meds Risperdal and Lexapro and they help a little bit but he still stims a lot. They use a weighted vest in class to help him feel more settled and they say it helps. He loves to play with a stick, string, or anything that flipps around and before we knew he was autistic (before 3 yrs old) and even when he was just starting to walk we called it the Chicken Dance because he would start doing this little dance and we thought it was so cute and funny but now we know what it was.
[QUOTE=roge0001]Hi Sherry:

My 6 year old autistic son is highly verbal and stims a lot. We have him on 2 meds Risperdal and Lexapro and they help a little bit but he still stims a lot. They use a weighted vest in class to help him feel more settled and they say it helps. He loves to play with a stick, string, or anything that flipps around and before we knew he was autistic (before 3 yrs old) and even when he was just starting to walk we called it the Chicken Dance because he would start doing this little dance and we thought it was so cute and funny but now we know what it was.[/QUOTE]

Sounds like visual stims...
Have you tried Vitamin A? Magnesium, zinc, enzymes?
Have you tested for yeast, bacteria, allergies?
Casein & gluten free? Low phenol? Corn syrup, MSG reactive?
Hi Sherry and Sandy,

I am interested in the sensory integration therapy that you had mentioned. I think that my son has sensory issues and may benefit from something like this. What do they do in the therapy and where do you find these services? Is it expensive? Do you think it has been helpful to help reduce behaviors that may be related to sensory issues? Thank you so much. :)

Becky
My son has been showing behaviors lately that I suppose you could call stimming. His teacher told me that at school he is fascinated/obsessed with the clock on the wall - not sure whether it's the movement of the hands or that it makes a slight noise. When the children sit on the floor for circle time, my son's regular spot is close to the clock where he can just look up and easily see it. He will sit there the whole time and sort of flick his fingers on his chest really fast, and he also has strange facial movements with his eyes and mouth that he does when he's excited. I wonder if a weighted vest would help settle him down at circle time? We've also seen an increase in the finger-flicking and facial movements since we put up the Christmas tree at home. He gets excited by the blinking lights and his little fingers will go crazy. Is there something we should do to decrease this kind of activity or should we let him do it since he doesn't know any other way to express himself?

Have any of you noticed that stimming decreases as your child has gotten older?
When my grandson was about 8 I asked him what the stimming did for him. He said they made him feel happy. I asked him if he could save them for his private place, because it sometimes annoyed or irritated people. He seemed fine with that and surprised me by actually following through with very little reminding. Within a year it seemed that the activity decreased and I rarely see or hear it anymore. He has just turned 13 and is in the 7th grade.





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