Need some advice-autism questions I have a student who exhibits some tendencies that I would associate with autism, although he is not diagnosed. I'm not looking to label him, but I would love advice on how to deal with behaviors regardless of what it is or isn't. This is not my area of expertise, so I'm hoping someone here can help!! Firstly, this student 'flutters' his fingers. I don't know what the proper term is. He'll look down at his hands and flutter the fingers, kind of rocking. Why is he doing this? Should I try to prevent him from doing this or let him go at it? It doesn't bother me, but it might appear odd in society-should I make him aware? Secondly, he is EXTREMELY dependent on feedback. He can't do anything without reassurance 5-10 times that he is doing it correctly. Even then, he freezes up. He says he hears voices in his head that are telling him he's doing it wrong and calling him names. He cries a lot about this. I was asking him to think deep the other day after he wrote some very general words like 'nice' and 'good', and I called them 'wimpy' words. He immediately jumped on the word wimpy and started sobbing that he was a wimpy writer and couldn't do any better. I have no idea how to help him work more independently on his own and trust his own instincts. I've never had this issue. Any help you guys can give me is appreciated. I'm at a loss right now-he's in an upper elementary grade, but socially he's struggling more than our pre-k students!