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New children’s book ‘Flap Your Hands’ celebrates stimming as expression

An illustration from "Flap Your Hands." (Courtesy of Lee & Low Books)
An illustration from "Flap Your Hands." (Courtesy of Lee & Low Books)

People with autism often face a stigma for stimming — a repetitive behavior to regulate emotions that can sometimes look like someone flapping their hands or wiggling their fingers.

The children’s book “Flap Your Hands: A Celebration of Stimming” presents an opposing narrative; stimming is natural and wonderful, taking families through a colorful journey of acceptance and joy.

Here & Now’s Deepa Fernandes speaks with author and illustrator Steve Asbell.

Steve Asbell is the author of “Flap Your Hands.” (Courtesy of Lee & Low Books)

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