It’s time to start submitting your stims and getting the conversation rolling! The idea of this blog is to explore how stimming is experienced by autistic people, and to build a database of behaviour types. What are your stims? How do they feel? What parameters of the stim are the most relaxing? What music is best for stimming?
I want to hear how happy you all become when you do your favourite stims. I want to see diagrams of what kind of movements have the biggest effect. I want to see pictures of what you imagine when you stim. I ask not just what stims you have, but how you conceptualise stimming as a sensory experience.
I’m interested in what triggers them as well (add warnings if they’re traumatic). One of my major triggers is actually reading about stimming, so this will be an interesting blog to run!
The blog is currently run by Alyssa.
I’m not convinced normal is a good concept to try to apply (or not apply) here.
It does sound like a possible stim, though. And I’d suggest being careful because any time “chewing on self” type things are a stim, there is a risk of breaking skin and you’ll need to clean that up well if it happens. So, you know, make sure whatever you’d need for disinfectant is on hand just in case.
Sounds like stimming
Stimming is literally the best!!! One of my favorite stims is hot water baths for my hands. :)
I get annoyed when people assume autistic people only do so-called “autistic behaviours” — like flapping their hands, reciting movie dialogue, or thinking about their special interest, etc. — in order to cope. Like… sometimes we do use those things to help us cope, but sometimes we just do those things because they’re fun.