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.
And what would be wrong with carrying it around forever?
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.
(p2) and push the sharp edges into the pads of my fingers. That might be a more satisfying solution that doesn’t actually cause you any physical harm, and may satisfy the need for a pain inducing stim. Again, not enough to cut or bleed or break the skin. Anywho, hope this helps.
Follow up to the other asks I sent: I use jagged, unpolished quartz because while the edges of the stone are jagged, the stone itself is very smooth. So it might be good for people with certain kinds of sensory needs. I included a link to an pic if people wanted an example: http://www.mineralminers.com/images/smoky-quartz/mins/smqm101.jpg
Finding other intense stims is smart, the peeling layers of glue off thing might work when you have prep time, I’ve found that *some* of the isolated incident ones do provide an intense enough sensation that it works (ice when you can get it.) And if you absolutely have to do one that is self-harming, just make sure it’s one that won’t cause permanent damage. If you draw blood, clean it up properly, that kind of thing.
I almost never listen to music without stimming. There’s always a part of my body that moves with the music, and i usually don’t even notice. Also, I remember when I had to do a lecture in front of the class in primary school, of the class I did this weird kind of stim, it was sort of bending my knees repeatedly, i cant really describe it. I really couldn’t help it, it was because of nerves i think. It was kind of embarrassing, my classmates teased me with it (not too bad, don’t worry)( wow, awful grammar, sorry it’s 4 in the mornig here)