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I'm at my wits end with this. We have seen pediatricians, psychologists, and neurologists and have yet to have someone diagnose this issue. I'm hoping someone has had a child deal with this and provide some advise.

My 9 year old daughter rocks her head off and on throughout the day and has been doing so since she was about 8 months old.

It is mostly from side to side but she occasionally does it up and down.

When I tell her to stop it is almost like she has no idea she is doing it. She does it in the car, when sitting still, while watching tv, while dancing in her recitals, you name it. It's like there is no pattern to when she does it.

She is socially accepted. She has good grades. She doesn't have any anger issues or tantrums. She is otherwise a seemingly normal child.

However, she does seem a bit spacey and is often slow to complete tasks. She is sluggish most of the time.

I have no idea what can be done to help her stop this. She's getting to the age where I'm afraid she will be ridiculed for this. Everyone notices it.

Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks!!!
 

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Hello

I am sorry that I don't have any advice or experience with this, but wanted to compliment you on your fight to help your daughter.

I hope you find the answers you need:)

-Angela
 

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I have a cousin who rocked his head as a toddler, he rocked it a lot, so much that my family still talks about it and he's 28 now. We had some family drama when we were babies so I've never really met him, at least not that I can remember. But I know my family was really worried, thought there could be something wrong, autistic or something, but he was fine. Totally normal, I'm not sure when he grew out of it though.
My guess would be, maybe she rocks because it is a comforting habit like a baby?
I'm not sure, I hope you find your answer!
 

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What specialists have you talked to? Have you tried talking to an occupational therapist? Rocking like that strikes me as possibly a sensory thing, which is in an OT's area. Sometimes you have to talk to the right specialist to get info.

It may be nothing, though. I'm not saying you shouldn't still try to find answers, but if she's doing well in school and is making friends and is otherwise developing appropriately and you keep getting specialists saying she's fine- it may actually be fine.
 

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Sounds like stimming. I'm neurotypical but when I was a kid I couldn't stop twirling my hair around my finger. I just liked how it felt. Maybe she just likes the sensations she gets from rocking.
 
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Sounds like a gross motor stereotype. John Hopkins has good info on this. (Basically it may be a harmless stim.)
 
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