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Question by  jbrowning8 (46)

Is rocking in toddlers a common symptom of autism?

My two year old constantly rocks back and forth.


Answer by  Li (95)

It can be, but rocking can also be associated with other issues like ADD or ADHD. To get some idea of what's going on, observe your child. What seems to cause the behavior? What (if anything) brings the child out of it? Schedule testing for the child if possible.


Answer by  itsmeagain (177)

Rocking is only one symptom. Others are: delayed speech, atypical playing (turning the truck upside down to spin the wheels rather than rolling it), avoidance of physical contact, dependence on routines, repeating the same words (echolalia). There are more. Do research and see your doctor. Just because your child displays some of these traits does not mean they have Autism.


Answer by  Rose (6804)

A toddler who rocks back and forth can be a sign of what is called a stim of autism, there are many other factors to consider as well.


Answer by  TheAnswerFairy (2345)

Rocking releases endorphins, which feel good. This is why we have rocking chairs. If this is the only potential sign of autism, there is no reason to worry.

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