I get tics sometimes and I do what's called hand flapping. Basically I flap my hands like a bird.
My daughter, who is 6, flaps her hands as well. To a lesser degree, she also hops and has a bit of a facial grimace. I homeschool her, so she doesn't get teased often about it, but I have some ignorant family members who sometimes mimic her, in a teasing fashion. She has been asked a few times why she does it. Her reply is always "Because I like doing it." At this point, she doesn't let what other people say bother her, and I want it to stay that way. Did you have your tic throughout your childhood, and, if so, how did it affect you? Did/does having this tic contribute significantly to your social anxiety. I am asking because my daughter is such a friendly, confident, happy little person and I don't want her to experience any unnecessary suffering because of this. Speaking from your experience, what advice would you give to someone raising a child with a hand flapping tic?