Observe when the hand flapping occurs to determine if there are certain triggers like stress, excitement, or sensory overload. This can help you anticipate flapping.
Identify the triggers
Give the child squeeze balls, fidget toys, or other items to meet sensory needs in a more subtle way. Having an acceptable outlet can reduce flapping.
Provide sensory tools
Teach and positively reinforce stims like clapping or finger tapping that serve the same purpose but are less disruptive.
Use replacement behaviors
Deep breathing, and mindfulness can help calm the child and reduce excited flapping. Build these skills during calm times.
Practice relaxation techniques