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.

 

Anonymous asked
also consider that dancing is stimming, for some people.

That is a thing too.

Anonymous asked
actual genuine question: what's the difference between stimming to music and dancing?

Actual honest answer: If someone else is doing one or the other there’s no way I’d know which one (assuming they do both or I don’t know that they don’t,) but when I’m the one doing it I can tell which one I’m doing.

Anonymous asked
Is stimming something conciously controlled (for example choosing to flap when overwhelmed or happy) or something you do unconsciously? Or is it either and it doesnt make a difference

It’s usually possible but difficult to purposely stop (and remains so, which is why trying to teach us not to stim is counterproductive,) but it seems like most of us start without thinking about it.
But this is not necessarily an everyone, it probably goes in all of the ways. This is just what seems to be common.

Anonymous asked
To the anon worried about exams - I do a thing where I tap my right-hand thumb which each of the fingers on my right hand in succession (going back and forth). It doesn't make any noise and it's discrete (you can do it under a table, or it's only a small gesture anyway)
Anonymous asked
One of the coolest things is fibre optic lamps because in the dark you can wave your hand through it and you get pretty patterns. So swishy!
Anonymous asked
I have exams coming up but I don't want to disturb other people by chewing or tapping, etc, but I think I'll find it really hard to focus if I don't. I'm not sure this is stimming but I figured you'll probably know how to resolve it anyway :) thanks!

If “separate/quiet testing location” is one of the accommodations you have access to (needs paperwork, so iffy) that might be a thing.

I don’t know how much people actuallynotice those things, since I’ve never had a classmate complain about my tapping, but teachers sometimes get pissy about how I’m going to disturb my classmates. Which um the classmates have never said the thing?

theslitherydee asked
All right, I've got a weird one. Since I was young I've "typed" in my head -- usually fragments of thoughts or words I've just heard or read. It doesn't sound like a stim, I know, but typing's always been a brainless, relaxing motion for me, fitting the definition better than my finger-snapping and shoulder-rolling and other physical stims. At some point my brain just decided to ... keep doing it after I left the keyboard. Thing is, as with most mental habits, it's very hard to stop.

Going to admit this is the first time I’ve heard of that particular stim, but yeah, sounds stimmy.

paradoxsocks asked
As a suggestion for the definition page, I think it should be mentioned that stimming isn't only associated with Autism, as people with ADHD and other neurological disorders also do it.

Yes. That should be a thing. Dyspraxia, ADHD, autism are all ones where I know it’s a thing.

[So um the definitions page was inherited from a prior mod and I never actually read it maybe I should do that? Yeah I think I should do that.]

Anonymous asked
Hey I just wanted to ask for some advice. Lately I've started doing something that I think is stimming (I have a few other stims but this one is brand new), where I'll swallow sort of hard, in the bottom of my throat, so that it almost-just-barely kind of hurts? I'm not sure if I can even really explain what it is I'm doing, but I hope that makes sense. Is this a form of stimming, or do you know if anyone else does this, or if it's possibly harmful?

Folks?

I mean it sounds kinda stim-ish possibly but I don’t do it (I know and hate that sensation.) I don’t think it’s harmful but checking if anyone else knows is a thing.

Anonymous asked
Does tooth clenching/grinding count?

It can yeah