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Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 1:32 pm
by johnbergqvist
hi, i have umm a little 'quirk' which may or may not be dyspraxia related:

whenever i get excited e.g during the closing stages of an F1 qualifying session for example i umm 'flap my arms', or move them side2side very fast close 2 my body. its uncontrolable and i do it without thinking. any ideas if it could be dyspraxia related?

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 2:53 pm
by Steph
This is known as "stimming". It is very common in people with dyspraxia and is also found in other conditions such as autism. The forms of stimulation vary-some jump up and down or pace whilst others, like you, flap their hands or rock.

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 4:09 pm
by mattlovesjess
yeah i do that too! i also rock like steph said (but i dont know im doing it half the time) and when i get exited i flap my arms and i bounce and make funny noices e.g 'weyyyyy' or 'hee hee' (imatating micheal jackson lol)

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 11:07 pm
by Remus
I flap my arms around but only when there is nobody around. I love pacing up and down though, it really makes me feel less nervous and calms me down.

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 11:13 pm
by Steph
I clap and flap my hands and rock.

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 1:37 pm
by Alice
I often flap my arms when running or walking quickly, but I expect that is more to do with ballance. When happy or excited I tend to flap my arms and also make exadurated gestures.

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 6:42 pm
by Aoife_B
I flap mine and clap when excited

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 7:16 pm
by parnassus
I only flap my hands when anxious. My most common stims are rocking, pacing, and waving a pencil very fast in front of my face. (I do this last one most of the time - it can be quite offputting until you get used to me.)

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 8:32 pm
by Thirteen-thirty-seven
I writhe my hands when I am anxious, daydreaming, agry or struggling to concentrate.

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 9:09 pm
by Cynamon
Thirteen-thirty-seven wrote:I writhe my hands when I am anxious, daydreaming, agry or struggling to concentrate.


I do this too, I rock too but that can happen any time sometimes I think I just do it because I like how it feels.

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 9:13 pm
by Joss1991
more when i was liitle and the doctors then tried to give me epileptic pills which luckerly my parents would have any of it.
It is sensory feedback which is needed to think , express or to control excitement ect , trying things like running out energy out with star jumps , having elastic bands round your wrist to fiddle with ect can help.

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:18 am
by chocolatefudgecake
I sometimes flap my arms when i'm excited, frustrated or angry/annoyed. sometimes i jump and pull my legs up as well, so it sometimes looks like I'm trying to fly. But i only do it at home, around family. mostly when I'm on my own.

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:47 pm
by Kirbster12
parnassus wrote:I only flap my hands when anxious. My most common stims are rocking, pacing, and waving a pencil very fast in front of my face. (I do this last one most of the time - it can be quite offputting until you get used to me.)


Ah, Vicky, you and your "Thinking Sticks!"

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:21 pm
by wadey
i flap my hands, pace, clap and quite often punch my head

Re: Does this have anything to do with dyspraxia?

PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:57 pm
by Kirbster12
I'm not sure if this is stimming, but I twiddle my hair around my finger a lot, almost every day! The problem is, when I do it, my hair gets all tangled! :oops: