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Stereotypies

 

Stereotypies are a common movement disorder that is often mistaken for tics.  Briefly this is a movement that usually begins in early childhood and persists with the same movement pattern throughout childhood.  The movements, which are often hand-waving, arm flapping or hand clenching, occur at times of excitement, boredom or anxiety.  They are not associated with an urge and they are easily suppressed.  They never interfere with activities - the child does not drop things or stop an activity for the movement to occur; in fact, activity will suppress these movements.  Stereotypies are a benign movement pattern that generally does not bother the child.

 

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