Your Child Is Trying To Soothe Himself. What Can You Do? Learn here!The Autism Site
Is your child flapping their arms, rocking back and forth or showing repetitive behavior? These are signs of stimming, also known as self stimulatory behavior, which is what a child on the spectrum engages in to soothe themselves.
What we need to understand is that it is not a random act but something that makes them feel good. Once we understand why they choose to stim this way, we then can find a behavior that is more socially acceptable to soothe them in that more appropriate way. Knowing how these behaviors make our children feel will help us figure out how to change and replace it to soothe them in a more socially acceptable way.