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.
It should be clear to most of you that I’ve almost entirely stopped posting here. Joey has left, and I have neither the time nor spoons to carry it on alone. I think it was a worthwhile project, considering we introduced many people (autistic and allistic) to the concept of stimming. It’s been a blog born out of my excitement about learning the term, and contains every article I’ve read and every video I’ve watched.
I’ve requested moderators here before because I can’t really run it on my own. Now I think I’m going to leave the blog. I no longer have the ideas or energy to be the main contributor. If anyone wants to take over the blog, send your Tumblr email address so I can add you.
In the event that someone does take over, I’ll still be a keen follower. I may even submit videos and ask questions.
But if no one comes forward, I’ll make the blog into an archive of links so people can find the information in future.
I wrote about the concept of ‘running’ in 5 Helpful Stimming Metaphors. In the post I recommended imagining flying over fields or through city streets, and hand flapping as if to move the ground under you. Now when I watch time lapse videos of train or car journeys, I do exactly the same. The ground moves under me, and I sweep it along like spinning a globe.
A good moving timelapse video doesn’t wait long at traffic lights. It has to be relatively long too: 4 minutes can be syncronised with music, but 30 seconds is useless. The pleasing aspects seem to mirror those of rollercoasters, long straights that are punctuated by sharp turns. I like the experience of seeing other cars pulling towards and away from the camera too, as it makes it feel like a shared experience.
Most of my time lapse videos are of London, and there is a precise reason for this. I have talked about Jamie T far too much already to interest you, but I maintain his music is the sound of London. I associate it strongly with the many trips I have made there in the past year, more times in fact than the rest of my life combined. I grew up in a small town, so seeing the fast pace of city life is fascinating.
My stimming seems to be based around hyposensitivity, especially to visual stimuli. I imagine that many of you prefer a relaxed stim, and sometimes I do, but I usually want everything fast. Fast music gives me a goal to reach, and the more I synchronise my movements with it the better. ‘Running’ stims are about escaping anxiety and other unpleasantness.
I guess it’s a well kept secret that you don’t need to go anywhere to achieve that.
I’ve posted some of my favourite London time lapse videos and one from the US. If you have any time lapse videos to submit, or any other type of video, head to the submit page, click ‘submit a text post’ and change it to ‘video’.