I have noticed that my 2 year old son when he is excited he tenses up and flexes his arms out. Sometimes he curls his fists in. I'm just wondering if this is normal behavior. It only lasts for about 2-3 seconds and then he continues on with whatever activity he was doing. It typically happens when he is really excited about something, examples: playing with the water hose, watching the bath fill up with water, and other random things that seem to make him real excited. So far as his mental, physical, and social deveopment seems very normal. This is our first child and we are just concerned. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
i answered you the last time you posted the same exact question. i also answered another similar question today. i will copy what i wrote there:
"it sounds like you are describing stimming. i worked with a 4 yr old boy this past year who stimmed when excited or when trying to focus. we saw a couple variations. sometimes he would clench his fists and bounce gently. this was pretty subtle. we also saw another emerge during the year. when excited by something he would lean in, hunch his shoulders, his fingers would become rigid and his hands would shake back and forth.
anyways, sounds like your son's behavior is more similar to the first kind we saw. i noticed the child easily got overstimulated. he had learned ways to cope on his own. for example, we noticed that if he was not stimming, he was holding his abdomen tightly. or he need to ground himself on something (sitting on a teacher's lap, leaning on someone).
stimming does occur in some typically developing children who have no other quirks or problems. it can also be a warning sign for many different things. i would mention it to your pediatrician, but don't panic. toddlers are bombarded by so many stimulating things in a day, it's no wonder that there are physical manifestations."
I was wondering if your child still does this. My child has been doing this since 9 months and is 4 now.. She has no other irregular signs of anything. What have you found. I have tried to research this but can't find much info on it.
my daughter has been doing this since she was 2 yrs old. It sounds exactly like what she does when she is playing with her dolls (very focused) , coloring , or very excited. Everyone told me it was just her being a toddler, and that she would "grow out of it", but now she just turned 4 and I am very concerned that because she is still doing it all the time. I was worried it could be more neuro. related. She did have viral meningitis when she was 3 months old... otherwise, she is a totally "normal " in every other way. I did take her in to the peds doc. and they have ordered an EEG and a MRI . I will keep you posted.
just curious how did the tests turn out? my daughter is 6 & 1/2 years old and has been doing this for as long as I can remember. she also has issues with not wanting to wear clothes that are tight or if she can feel them, I don't if that is related or not.
My son is 6 and will be 7 in January and he still does this... his mouth will fly open and he tenses up his arms usually behind him with his hands flexed in and rigid. He shakes like that for a second or two and then stops. I don't even think he is aware that he does it. He does it when we ride in the car too. I have asked him what he was doing (when in the car) and he said he was pretending he was a super hero and fighting bad guys. So even when he is pretending he will do this "stimming" behavior. He is very bright for his age and is very social. He does this behavior a lot and it seems to be a reflex of sorts. He does not seem to be in control of it or aware of it. The only other issue that we have with him is that he seems to overreact to things. For example if he asks for a snack and I say you can't have one right now, but you can have one after dinner He will have a melt down...screaming and throwing a fit. He eventually calms down but it usually is so escalated that we ground him. My oldest daughter has very high functioning aspergers but she does not stim like this at all. Should I be concerned that my son has aspergers too?
Can people who commented a few years back provide an update as to if their kids still do this? My daughter (2.5) has been doing this also since she was about a year old. When she gets excited she will tense up, her arms curl up, and her mouth opens. Usually she makes a noise when she does it too, lasts a second, and then keeps doing what she is doing. It only happens when she is excited about something. But it could happen pretty frequently when excited (i.e. will be excited about putting her doll in a car and driving it around, so every few seconds, she will tense up, then stop, then a few seconds later, tense up, then stop. It really worries me, but i can't seem to find anything about it other than this forum.
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