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.
Stimming is a coping mechanism, and it’s important, so if others is one specific one that is really, really not ok in public, help him find a substitute that works as well. At home, just dont worry about it unless he’s at risk of seriously hurting himself.
Checking to see if he is also autistic might not be a bad idea, though. And if he is, check advice written by autistic people over that written by supposed experts, because they seriously still think that the guest thi they can do is make us act like we’re not autistic. Which is very different from helping us cope in a world not designed for us, the thing we actually need help with.
Probably some of both.
Spinning is another one, since NT kids usually stop doing that and then you’ll see Autistic adults spinning. (I spin sometimes. Finished a final, left, dropped my bag, spun around on the quad until I fell over. A professor who knows me fairly well walked out of the building just in time to see me fall over, actually… he might have figured out that I’m not NT by now?)
I don’t know if it’s a stim, but I know that I do it.
*Suspects that there may be a better thing to do than lump everything under stimming because there are so many things that get covered under it with really, really different reasons. Oh well*