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.
That is a thing too.
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.
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.
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?
Going to admit this is the first time I’ve heard of that particular stim, but yeah, sounds stimmy.
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.]
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.
It can yeah