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.

 

We should teach stimming skills in classes based off the Whole Body Stimming concept.-Kassiane Sibley

(Source: Kassiane Sibley)

Anonymous asked
is ripping up paper a stim?

It can be. I know people who do it. [Yeah um so those paper-plastic tablecloths… I destroy those…]

Including kids who do it where the rule is “just clean up when you’re done.” Which is a pretty good rule to have about it, in my opinion.

Anonymous asked
is it okay to not stim in public because of anxiety? i always want to but i feel like i can't because people think it's unusual. but most people that stim do it anyway?

Short answer: Yes, it’s OK.

Long answer: People stim for different reasons. If “reduce anxiety” is one of your big reasons and stimming in public makes you anxious, it would kind of defeat the purpose to stim in public. Many people avoid stimming in public for many different reasons, including anxiety, avoidance of abuse/bullying/etc that they might face when they stim (the fact that this winds up being needed is fucked up, by the way,) and a ton of other things. 

There’s also lots of folks who do stim in public, also for lots of different reasons: not actually capable of doing otherwise, being in a position where they can afford to not give a shit what others think, as a political act even when it’s risky, and other reasons.

There’s also folks who will stim in some public places and not others, depending on the sort of publicness and who’s around. 

You can and should do what works for you.

Stimming Toy Review: Smart Mass Thinking Putty

This is really awesome especially for people who like play dough or something like that to stim with. It’s got the texture of foam clay mixed with silly putty and it’s really comforting and soft and I’ve been fiddling with my constantly since i got it.  

I use it for stress stimming, by doing a sort of taffy pull where you stretch it out then fold it in half and stretch it out again. It comes with a lot in the tin, and there are color changing kinds for people who like slow changing visual stims. I got the gold magnetic kind and I love it, 10/10 would recommend for calming down/stress stimming. 

eccentricmango asked
May I ask what stimming is?

Yup!

Stimming is another word for “self-stimulatory behavior” or for “engaging in self-stimulatory behavior” or whatever the sciency behaviory version is. 

Since the specific ways that Autistic and other neurodivergent folks stim are really visible and obvious signs of us not being neurotypical, people often take issue with it. Which is sad and bad, because stimming is often a really helpful and important thing for us. Helps us calm down after whatever kind of overload, just feels good, is fun, whatever.

Some common autistic ones are flapping and rocking. Common neurotypical/neurotypical passing ones are tapping a pen or pencil, jiggling a leg for a bit, maybe playing with hair.

I think we’ve got a FAQ somewhere or other, and a list of stims people have submitted, not that I’ve updated it in forever.
Actual forever. I’m not the initial mod and I’ve never updated that list.

telephonoscope asked
Any ideas out there for more 'mature' looking fidgit toys that can keep me occupied while listening to lectures at college but not be distracting to my classmates? Preferably things that are small and malleable with my fingers (not chewies). So far I've found 'The Ultimate Fidgit Toy' and this really awesome silver geared twist ring, but it's way too expensive.

Stim (Volume 1): Kevin Berry: 9781492877110: Amazon.com: Books

Haven’t read the book, so I dunno if it’s actually good, but it’s by an autistic person with autistic characters and the title is Stim. So…

Anonymous asked
I really enjoy the feeling of chewing gummy candy, but it's expensive and not good for my tummy to do that very often. Does anyone have an idea of something similar i could bite/chew that is not food?

Followers?

Anonymous asked
i remember seeing a post a while back about alternatives to stims that are self-harmful? i can't remember if it was on this blog or another, but lately my go-to has been scratching and hair-pulling and skin-picking and i'd love some other ideas...

I’m not entirely sure where the post is either, and my search functions and link-getting are a bit screwed by my internet issues, but for skin-picking I remember one thing. Letting a layer of glue dry on the skin and picking it instead can sometimes work.

Anyone have others/a link to the post?