My little boy has just turned 3 and does a lot of stimming. Mainly spinning, running up and down or round in circles. He also flaps a little bit. We don't do anything to stop this. But one stim that is a bit of a concern is hitting himself in the head. (He will do it in anger as well during a tantrum or meltdown but then it's a lot harder.)
I read recently an article written by an autistic adult that said you should not try to stop stimming unless the person is really going to hurt themselves. So head banging on floor etc or hitting themselves with objects should be stopped - but if a person is hitting themselves with their own hands then they can't actually really hurt themselves so should be allowed to continue.
What does everyone think? I've been stopping him from doing it, should I have been or is it a way of calming himself that he needs to do?