Is hand gesturing while talking an AS trait?

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KevinLA
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19 Aug 2010, 7:03 pm

I have seen NTs use hand gestures when talking. Do people with AS do it more frequently?



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19 Aug 2010, 7:06 pm

I think I've heard a few times that it's something people with AS tend to do more.

I tend to do this a lot, annoying my parents pretty often.



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19 Aug 2010, 7:14 pm

I think that we do it more often, in general. My parents use to tell me not to talk, with my hands.


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19 Aug 2010, 7:21 pm

I either completely use my hands (pointing, gestures) or don't use them. Why do people move their hands around when they talk and for what purpose (unless it's hand ringing or some other stim)?



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19 Aug 2010, 7:30 pm

I do, but it was never a problem. My mother's family is Italian.



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19 Aug 2010, 9:19 pm

I am pretty sure it isn't.



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19 Aug 2010, 9:31 pm

I talk with my hands because it helps me guide my attention and keep on track about what I want to say. Like I'm always, in a sense "seeing" what I'm talking about, so moving my hands around relative to what I'm seeing in my mind helps keep me focused. I also become very clumsy when I do this, so its not uncommon for me to walk into, trip, or knock something over when I really get talking (I'm great at parties!).


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19 Aug 2010, 9:34 pm

I don't think it is, it's generally a sign of a better communicator.



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19 Aug 2010, 10:52 pm

I've noticed AS people tend to use hand gestures that aren't quite congruent with what they are saying. I tend to do this - clench and flex my hands or move them around when speaking that doesn't particularly go with what I'm saying to the observer.



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19 Aug 2010, 11:15 pm

I sometimes do it but I don't think I ever realize that I constantly do it.


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19 Aug 2010, 11:28 pm

in observing myself heavily, i've noticed excessive hand gesturing. the act of noticing it has recently caused me to disconnect from my verbalizing, lose track of where I was. i've never heard of the idea that aspies might use gesturing more excessively or constantly while communicating verbally.


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20 Aug 2010, 12:45 am

I think in pictures and usually use hand movements to bring out shapes, directions and stimming while talking to keep the conversation going. Otherwise I get stumped and freeze up. If people don't like the way I convey the message then don't ask for a message.



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20 Aug 2010, 12:48 am

Body language and gestures are more commonly used by nts, as stated above aspies either don't use them at all or use them excessively.



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20 Aug 2010, 2:03 am

I talk with my hands a lot. I think AS people tend to overuse or lack use of hand gestures compared to NTs.



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20 Aug 2010, 2:16 am

Not me. I generally play with my fingers when I talk, but it doesn't have much to do with communication; it's just me stimming while trying to think of what to say and how to say it.


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