Denise Fitz

by Denise Fitzgerald
(Hampton, VA)

My granddaughter at a very young age, toddler would do an unusual thing. She is now seven and is very bright and advanced in her ability to read and all school work.

What she will do, usually when very excited. She will look off open her mouth, flap her arms just a little bit, then open and close her hands. When I ask her why she does this, she says it makes her feel better. She will also do this using the computer or when she is really excited.

She is also a very picky eater. Rarely will she try new food.

My concern is that as she becomes older she will be made fun of by other children. This little condition is not interrupting her ability at school, again she is on the bright side and in gifted classes.

She is very social. Very creative in acting, singing, playing, dancing.

Her parents are not concerned. Just seem to accept it.

Should we get her evaluated or what?

Please help.


Denise Fitzgerald

Comments for Denise Fitz

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Mar 21, 2011
Releasing Energy
by: Nancy Baumgarten

Denise, it sounds like your granddaughter is innately knowing how to release too much built up energy. Especially when you mention that you notice the behavior most when she is excited and around a computer.

The opening and closing of the hands is helping to release the life force energy out through the finger tips (which could be trained as a healing skill). The open mouth is releasing through the breath ( I do it myself when I"m forced to be around people whose energy affects me badly and I have to get it out of my own field asap - I've learned to do it "under my breath" i.e. so my mouth only looks like just parted lips.)

The highly gifted have fast-moving brain waves. I raised such a kid myself. Her method as a tomboy was to climb everything she could, whether it was the frig shelves at age 12 months or an 80 foot tree at 12 years. She's now 26, works for the EPA, and does Kendo with her computer geek husband (japanese martial art of swords). Previously she did karate for many years.

I would think that your granddaughter would really benefit from training in QiGong (chi kung) - the chinese art of moving energy. It is not a martial art, but is the 3,000 year old healing art that predates the more military arts.

Likewise she may be becoming sensitive to the electromagnetic fields of computers. I find that I have to shake down my hands just from even using the mouse about every few hours. (I am a writer researcher and live on the computer - grin).

My son in law made me aware of a new movement in standing workstations/desks last year. Fabulous! Not just for the professional world but for kids in schools, where those schools that have discovered it, that the kids who NEED movement, can pay attention perfectly if they can stand at their desks. What it also does, that most regular anthropometric researchers probably don't realize is that this ALSO gets the kids GROUNDED to the earth through their feet. i.e. your granddaughter is throwing off the excess EM radiation in her environment (think of the old fashioned ground wires running from lightening rods on old buildings down into the ground.)

If you can't find qigong in your area for young people, any martial art will work, Aikido is less competitive oriented. Look for a jojang that talks about the spiritual aspects of what they teach/learn.

You can also take her for a walk someday and teach her about grounding her excess energy through giving it to trees out through her hands, and imaging the trees taking the energy down through their roots to the earth.
Many blessings and good luck,
Nancy Baumgarten, Profound Awareness Institute

Mar 14, 2011
Is it possible that...
by: Steve Faherty

if you explained to her that other children might think it funny and could make fun of it, that she could become aware of it and suppress the urge at least when others are around.

Mar 13, 2011
denise fitz
by: Anonymous

Everyone has some degree of sensory sensitivity and have ways of coping with it. A lot of kids flap their hands when they are excited. What makes these sensory sensitivities a disorder is that they cause a disruption in daily life. Your granddaughter appears to be doing well in school, is active and social and you mention no other issues, except for the hand flapping which she is aware that it makes her feel better. You don't mention if she has been teased in school because of it or if it bothers her that she does it. I'm not saying that there is nothing going on but if daily life isn't disruptive it is unlikely that she would be diagnosed with SPD.

Mar 13, 2011
you know the answers
by: paulette etcheberry

I am with you:
get her evaluated and open your daughters eyes, she is in denial and wasting precious time for recovery. At young age the brain is still malleable thus it will learn to control those impulses but whatever you tell you daughter be understanding: no one want to hear our child has neurological issues but do not let her denial take you out of the main concern your granddaughter needs help!
best of luck

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to The SPD Q & A.