Megan - posted on 11/15/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )
My son has PDD-NOS and has just started flapping. I have seen it maybe 3 times in the last month at home, but when I went to observe him at school, it was much more common. Since I was observing right before the parent teacher conference, I brought it up, saying I thought it was a bit odd that he almost never displays this stim at home, but did it several times during the free choice time in the classroom. The special needs teacher jumped up and got a piece of felt and told me to cut squares for him to rub to redirect the flapping. I asked if she should keep them there at school and she said no, it would be best to be done at home. So Three questions: one, does this sort of redirection actually work? how am I supposed to redirect a stim I almost never see? and finally, could this be a learned behavior from some of the other kids in the class, one of whom does it regularly?