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.
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 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.
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?