October 3, 2018

Can Clapping Cause Anxiety? Here is Why This University is Banning it:

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Can Clapping Cause Anxiety? Here is Why This University is Banning it:

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It is no secret that when someone is being rewarded or has achieved something, it is common that the audience or whoever is watching applauds. However, can this lead to anxiety?

According to the University of Manchester, it can. The universities student union is banning “clapping” as it said to cause “issues for students with autism, sensory issues or deafness.”

So in which ways can you show congratulatory moments without triggering these senses? The university proposes “Jazz Hands” which is also the official British sign language for clapping.

Clapping may discouraged students from being present at different events as it could cause anxiety.

Sara Khan, the student union officer states “I think a lot of time, I’ve seen that clapping, whooping, talking over each other, loud noises, encourages an atmosphere that is not as respectful as it could be.”

How do you feel about this? Do you think clapping should be banned from all schools?

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