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.
- Autism and culture
- Autism and mental health
- Autism and religion
- Negative stimming (harmful forms)
- Positive stimming (everything non-harmful)
- Autism as an invisible disability
- What autism means to you
- What neurodiversity means to you
- Functioning levels and why they are misleading and negative
- Verbal vs. nonverbal dichotomy and why it is wrong
- Autism and education
- Anything else autism-related that interests you
For The Unpuzzled Project? You’d just have to write me something on the topic and we could publish you. You could be credited or it could be anonymous. Send me an ask, fan mail, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and ideas.
When I listen to my favourite song I can feel the lyrics run through me and break out through my limbs in stimming
When I’m alone in the dark with a soft blanket it feels like nothing can ever hurt me again
When I need to memorise something, give me ten minutes with it, and then I can recite it off by heart
When I find a word I like I say it again and again and again and when it rolls off my tongue it’s like magic
When I stim it’s like a thousand weights lift of off my skin and I can finally breathe
This is what you want to take away from me
This is Autism
Can’t rock properly because I’ve wedged myself in a corner of my seat for the deep pressure on my back
I’m rocking one of my legs that I have all folded up and verticallystuff on my chair and pfff words look here’s the thingie:
And I am rocking that back and forth. Fidget fidget stim stim wheeeeeeeeeeeee
i’ve noticed i have a new stim. i guess i will call it hand-clacking? open & shut, open & shut so my fingertips clap against my palms and make this nice, quiet clacking noise. i wiggle my fingers fast a lot so maybe it’s kind of an update of that. anyway i like this new stim :) i think it’s one of my favorites already. probably good for my arm muscles.
i definitely stim a lot more when i’m on adderall, which is most of the time. sometimes i stim so much i can’t use my hands for anything else for more than a few seconds so it’s harder to get homework done. stim toys are not the same as regular stimming for me but i guess i should try to get more used to them? or just take stimming to the point of not being able to really use my hands as a sign from my body that it’s time for a break.
I usually stim when I talk to other people unless I’m extremely comfortable with them, because social interaction with most people makes me very nervous (plus I stutter/gibber a lot which makes it worse). Normally, I hide my stimming by channeling that stim-energy into grandiose gesturing.
When I’m SUPER high-strung, though, what I usually end up doing is repeatedly punching myself in the thigh. I didn’t realize it weirded people out until I was talking to an instructor about one of my art projects one day, and I caught him staring fixedly at my thigh. Because I was punching it. Fervently.
Later on I mentioned this to me friend, because it was something I hadn’t been aware of doing but suddenly realized that I’d been doing for a while. She confirmed it for me: yes, I did it a lot, and yes, it was strange.
Just out of curiosity: how do you guys stim?
That feeling when stimming freely in private is so satisfying it sends chills down your spine
don’t grab my hands when i’m stimming to try and calm me down don’t do it don’t