Does anybody else have a toddler ( around 15 month old) that randomly shakes their head back and forth uncontrollably? Is this normal?

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often kids need sensory input and will do things to achieve the sensory stimulation they need. Some kids need visual stimulatoin, therefore will make finger movements in front of their eyes, will spin wheels, etc. to stimulate their eyes. Some kids need stimulation with large movements. Some kids run and run and run, some jump, some will shake their head or bang against couch. Some kids need less stimulation, therefore, if they need less large movement stimulation, they'll crouch behind things or curl up in a tight ball. Check out sensory integration disorder (not saying there's a disorder here) on the internet. You'll get good information about all kinds of things. Some will relate to your situation, some won't.

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Rebecca - posted on 12/14/2013

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My daughter done this, I was so worried I took her to the doctors..they said it was normal as they are just learning about there bodies..he told me as long as she doesn't seem in pain, cry after or look very dazed not to worry! Xx

Shana - posted on 04/10/2009

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Many things that are normal toddler behavior are also things that OLDER children with special needs do.  The head shaking and banging are all to give additional sensory input.  There is nothing to worry about unless the behavior continues into childhood (when she starts school).  If she starts hurting herself with the banging, you can try other ways of stimulating her.

Lakita - posted on 04/09/2009

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Wow.... My daughter does it, she as barrettes on her hair and lick the noise. I agree with the other parents it makes them dizzy and they think it's funny.

Jen - posted on 04/04/2009

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My daughter is 16 months and does it. Obviously she does it to say no, but she'll also randomly shake her head b/c her uncle showed her how and she'll blow rasberries at the same time.

Jennie - posted on 04/04/2009

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oh my gosh my son does that all the time he will also sit on the couch and throw himself backwards several times.  He wii shake his head as if hes saying NO but hes just dancin.  I wouldnt worry

Deborah - posted on 04/03/2009

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my son will be 2 in june and he still does it, he thinks its the funniest thing ever!

Charlotte - posted on 04/03/2009

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my son is 13 months old and he constantly does it he finds it funny i been told that they could like the dizzy feeling as they are constantly experiencing new things and feeling dizzy is a new feeling i shouldn't worry

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